being a final year student in the UK during lockdown


If you follow me and read my blog then you might have seen that I haven't posted in three weeks; I apologise. I have been busy with my final year modules and did not have time to write a blog post;.

Today marks 69 days since I have been isolating. It's a strange time we're living it now - I was supposed to graduate in July but with everything on hold it is hard to tell what the future holds. I am sure there are many students out there who are just like me: finishing off their last projects or exams and wondering if getting a job after this pandemic is over is even possible.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE MY COURSE; I mean, who wouldn't want to be an interior designer; but since going online I have been struggling. If you don't already know, I am studying Interior Design BA(Hons) at De Montfort University, Leicester. I am in my third year meaning that this is my last year at uni; my last deadline is on the first of June and then I am officially done. How crazy!? I never imagined my last year of University to look like that but I guess we all had to adjust to our new 'normal'.

Being put online has one benefit - a two week extension on all my modules which in reality I wouldn't need as I meet my deadlines on time but recently I am so happy that we got this extra time as my mental health is acting up which can make studying challenging. I don't have any exams which means that all my grades are depending on assignments and modules I have completed up to date.

I am sure all students are experiencing some kind of anxiety right now, even if their exams are done because let's face it; getting a job during a pandemic is going to be difficult.

Unemployment rose up to nearly 70% in April; It has been stated that normally, one in five graduates get their desired job in the field they studied, but this will drastically fall this year due to the virus. Over 800,000 young adults will graduate from Universities in the UK, meaning than it will be tough to get a job; or find a new place to live in.

I took a walk through my University campus to clear my head the last day and I couldn't believe how quiet and empty it was. It is usually packed with students rushing to their lectures and seminars; packed with societies inviting you to join their club; but now, everything is different.

It felt like I was in a middle of some apocalyptic movie that was being shot right at my campus; the gloomy weather didn't help either.

I still hope to graduate soon; I want to experience wearing the gown and throwing my mortarboard in the air. I want to walk up and collect my certificate and feel like a proper graduate because right now, even though I only have one more hand in left, I do not feel like a third year.

I'm sure this is not an easy situation for anyone - it is something new we are adapting to and it will take time to get back to normal but let's not be hard on ourselves. WE ARE IN A MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC- so take a break.