Studying remotely during Covid-19
As an international student from Singapore studying in Falmouth back in March 2020 when Covid first intensified, I was worried and scared after seeing the news of violence against Asians in the US and UK. However, I found that I was very safe in the small town of Falmouth.
I'm very grateful that all the tutors and student support teams were so encouraging, giving me the reassurance that studying remotely can be really fruitful.
When the universities stopped on-campus lessons, I struggled to keep accountable with my studies and found it a challenge to submit the work by the deadline.
The Living support team, in particular, offered to give me weekly emails just to check in on my mental health and work progress. I really appreciated their effort in tiding the students, both international and local, over to off-campus learning.
After I travelled back to Singapore in the summer of 2020, the situation intensified in the UK and thus my parents advised me to stay in Asia.
I was grateful to find that Falmouth University was extremely accommodating to students like me, and gave the opportunity for full distance learning. For my entire second year, I studied remotely from Singapore.
I was grateful to find that Falmouth University was extremely accommodating to students like me, and gave the opportunity for full distance learning.
Adjusting to working-from-home was a challenge, and the drastic time-zone differences didn’t help. When I was struggling with lagging behind on work again, the tutors reached out and asked about my wellbeing and how I was coping with the coursework.
While studying in a UK university from overseas has its fair share of difficulties, I'm very grateful that all the tutors and student support teams were so encouraging, giving me the reassurance that studying remotely can be really fruitful.
In fact, I was given the opportunity to become an International Student Ambassador during this time of remote learning. Even though I'm not in Falmouth physically, I could still participate in virtual events, welcoming new students who are just beginning their journey.
It’s very rewarding to use my lived experiences to prepare future students, and give them tips and tricks to improve their student life, be it on-campus or remote!