Column: I’m glad to have friends’ support during pandemic

Kyara Morales-Rodriguez

Needless to say, 2020 has been a tough year for everybody. For college students at Eastern, and all over the world as a matter of fact, it has been tough adjusting to a new style of learning in such a short period of time.

There are already a million issues college students have to deal with in a regular school year. Throwing a pandemic and all the struggles that brings along on top of that has definitely taken a toll on college students. Including me.

I came into this school year excited because after a long six-ish months of being quarantined at home alongside my family with nothing to do, I could finally come back to Eastern and be my most productive self.

I could continue learning all there is to know about my major, keep writing for the Daily Eastern News, continue working with the RSO I am a part of, the Latin American Student Organization, and finally see my friends after not seeing them for months outside of a laptop screen.

As the weeks and months have gone by, however, things have gotten more and more stressful. I realized that no matter how strong of a work ethic I have or how much I organize myself or how enthusiastic I try to be, being a student during a pandemic is harder than I thought it would be.

I am constantly worried about the possibility of me or someone I care about getting sick. I have struggled to keep up with my assignments, constantly missing due dates. I have struggled with balancing my schoolwork with my other responsibilities at Eastern.

I spend half of my time very unmotivated and exhausted, and as the weeks go by I have felt more and more overwhelmed with all of my assignments and responsibilities.

For all those reasons and more, I am so grateful to have such great friends during such a tough time. When all those stresses get too overwhelming, I know that I can count on them to make it all better. They also make all that stress worth it because being here at Eastern means I get to spend time with them.

I enjoy every second I spend with them, whether we’re just having a study session, watching a movie, or playing board games. They always make me laugh and make every day memorable no matter how boring or uneventful it is.

Super cheesy, but if you are my friend and you are reading this, thank you for your kindness, support, and all the laughs we share. You guys are the greatest friends a girl could ever ask for.


Kyara Morales-Rodriguez is a junior English major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]