"It truly impressed me how much Surrey has supported its students and gone above and beyond expectations."
How did you feel about the move to online learning?
A global pandemic was definitely unexpected and not the ideal way to finish my final year. The most difficult aspect was adjusting to distance learning from home without all the facilities of University. I found early on that it was important to be adaptable and versatile as changes were being announced daily.
What has helped you to cope with the situation?
What helped me was setting up a desk space in my room and buying an additional monitor to mimic my environment at Surrey. Sticking to a similar routine also made the transition easier and it was relatively easy to use Teams and a host of other meeting applications to do group work together.
I think the biggest thing which reduced stress for me was how supportive Surrey was throughout the lockdown. The safety-net policy meant students were at no detriment and could not attain a grade lower than their current average. Surrey rescinded all accommodation contracts, which they did not have to do, but greatly reduced the financial burden on students. They also provided free meals to students who were self-isolating/quarantining delivered straight to your door meaning students did not have to worry about obtaining food.
How do you feel about Surrey’s response to the Covid-19 crisis generally?
It truly impressed me how much Surrey has supported its students and gone above and beyond expectations. To cap it off, they’ve also announced graduation ceremonies have been re-scheduled to next year meaning I will still have my graduation ceremony!