Through the effort to keep students safe during the pandemic, my college, Community College of Denver, along with many other schools, has switched to remote learning. What I miss the most is the motivation that comes with having to actually be present in a classroom. Though in one class the professor has sustained the interactive feel online, which I appreciate. Another thing I think many students will miss is the tutoring centers on campus. I would like to see students still having access to tutors, even remotely. Professors should also keep some form of office hours.
I currently have Medicaid. It is important for me to have because it is something I can afford and it offers me the coverage I need if I get sick from COVID-19. I know a lot of people that qualify for Medicaid and I’m just grateful it exists. I actually found a lot of doctors that take it, and I would never be without some form of insurance. This is because I’ve had to be hospitalized plenty of times for mental health crises and also physical sickness. Without insurance, the ambulance that picked me up last time would have been a huge cost burden.
During the crisis I’m worried about the economic downturn and loss of employment that so many are experiencing. I’m also anxious about myself and the people I know getting the virus. I feel very sorry for the families who have already experienced loss of loved-ones, and I hope that all of the proper medical equipment, especially ventilators, become available. The mental health stress that is being put on people is also of concern, a lot of people are in isolation even when they are not quarantined.
I would suggest that people call people they trust to talk to on a regular basis. Opening up about mental health struggles helps to diminish the stigma along with creating opportunity for a support network to blossom. Having support with your mental health, from people who are healthy themselves, is of utmost importance. I would also suggest that people get outside, if only on their porches or blocks, or even going to a local park without congregating. This is important for the mind and body. Being outside can lessen feelings of confinement, and a little fresh air can do wonders. I went out to Washington Park after a snowstorm and it felt so refreshing just to stretch my legs and be somewhere with plenty of space.
Rebecca Turner is a student at the Community College of Denver and a member of Young Invincibles’ Young Advocates Program.