Impact of COVID-19 on Students Planning to Study Abroad
As the world comes to terms with the idea of long shutdowns (shelter in place, or curfews), being imposed across India, and now possibly even in the USA, the UK and other countries which are popular for Indians to study around the world, the natural question is to wonder – what will happen to your child’s education?
For students already studying in colleges, we’ve found that almost all of them are now safely back home with their parents, as colleges have shut their campuses, and moved to a online-curriculum. These students are already in the rhythm of studying, and will have been given a fair amount of online reading, a schedule of video classes, and ways to submit assignments and tests online. Your job as a parent is to just enjoy their company at this unexpected time, support them through this period, and hope everything goes back to normal soon. We anticipate that Summer Schools may be affected as well, and things many return to normalcy by the Fall, or in the worse case, by January semester.
For students who are applying to college now, you have nothing to worry, your admissions will be next year, and everything should be normalised by then!
For students who are planning to attend college this fall the impact of COVID may be weighing on you. Things to consider are – will embassies be able to process Visas in this situation, will college be adequately staffed to work out your student housing, will airlines be operating, and will you be able to attend college safely. To them, I say the following – colleges are incredibly well managed, and quite risk-averse. They will never put your kids at risk, and therefore you have nothing to worry about. In the event that the COVID situation is not fully managed by the time fall comes around, Colleges may choose to postpone the Fall Semester start (and thereby remove breaks in between for Thanksgiving, Winter, etc), or just go ahead with online sessions to keep the schedule intact.
I understand this is not ideal. But for students, here’s something to think about — nothing ever is! When we were entering college, September 11, 2001 (the twin towers terror attacks) happened, and we had college graduates all lose their jobs due to that and the stock market bubble bursting. In 2008, people were impacted when the housing market crashed, taking down a number of large financial institutions. I could go on. I think the main thing is to be positive, be thankful for the internet and the wide variety of online teaching and collaboration tools that exist. You can also be thankful for a few extra weeks (or months) of home cooked food, and free services at home like laundry (thanks Mom!). This too, shall pass. But not before it becomes a story to tell. Stay in, stay safe, and live to tell the tale!
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