COVID-19 & Online Learning

Due to COVID-19, colleges have decided to move all their classes online for the rest of the semester and it is impacting a lot of college students. I am one of them!

I had just started my spring semester of college about two months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country. Normally, I go to my school’s campus and learn in a classroom.

Before the president issued a statement about the pandemic, one of my professors told the class that there was a good chance that we were going to be at home for the rest of the semester. Then, a week before I started spring break, I received emails from the board of the college saying that from March 23 to April 5, no one was allowed on campus.

Four days into spring break, the board sent another email stating that they had decided that no one could return to campus for the rest of the semester. At first, it was difficult for me because I’m so used to being in a classroom and learning there. Luckily, I have professors who keeps me up to date on what’s going to happen next.

It’s been about four weeks since the transition to online learning and I am already used to it. Every single day, I wake up early in the morning to get my work done. I’m doing all my work on my tablet by using the Bluetooth mouse from my Quantum® power wheelchair to my tablet. Recently, I completed one exam for my math class, one quiz for my U.S. history class, and two papers for my English class.

In my opinion, I don’t think that it is hard to do college classes online. As long as you’re focused on your work and stay on top of your assignments, you’ll be fine and pass your classes with no problem. That’s what I’m doing now. Schoolwork also keeps your mind busy during a time like this. I recently got a grade for my math exam and I got a 94 out of 100. I’m very happy with that because I put a lot of time and effort into preparing for the exam. The work does pay off for the time and effort you put into your studies.

About Zoe Hernandez: Zoe lives in Meriden, Connecticut. A Quantum® brand ambassador, Zoe attends Abilities Expos and speaks with people about her disability. She is currently enrolled in college and hopes to work in a community one day with people who are just like her. Click here to learn more about Zoe.