Whether it’s finishing primary, secondary or college, Covid-19 has made education a very different experience this year.
Back in March, students likely didn’t think too much about saying goodbye to friends and classmates. Many of us thought that the chance to reminisce over good times, laugh over end of year pranks, or simply to hug goodbye, was guaranteed. Without warning, these opportunities were taken away, and can’t be easily replaced.
It might feel like your time in school was paused, forcing you to close the chapter on whatever page you were on. For some students, because of stress, conflict with friends or disagreements with teachers, that page might not have been the best one to end on. Without the abrupt stop, students could have ended it their own way, maybe on a more positive note.
Acknowledging the loss
Students are entitled to feel a sense of loss about missing out on what everyone else took for granted. All too often, there can be a pressure not to dwell on a sad or disappointing time. It might feel like school’s over, so the focus should be on the next step now. However, without acknowledging and accepting emotions as they come, it can be hard to move past them.
Sharing how you feel with someone who’s going through something similar can help. It can take courage to be honest about the sadness you might be feeling, but it’s worthwhile when you realise that you’re not the only one feeling this way.
Sometimes planning for a chat makes it easier to share things we might not bring up in a group of mates. Speak to a friend that you know is a good listener and choose a time that you won’t be interrupted.