Have you ever wondered what it is like as a music student during COVID-19? I mean how do we play our instruments, how do we not catch COVID-19 when we are around each other, how do classes based on performing work?
These are all questions I had too when this virus arose. It consists of all the same things as a normal music student would do, except fewer in-person classes, fewer performance opportunities, and fewer people in classes, which makes it kind of difficult to get the experiences we need. However, with the graciousness of the OU School of Music staff, we have been able to have performances still this school year, but they’re just to a camera, and recitals are only allowed seven guests, but nonetheless, we are still performing. However, I am not going to lie, it has been very hard for many of us, including myself.
Thankfully, though, I have wonderful people around me in my classes and in TBS that help me get through each day. I still have made some wonderful memories throughout this COVID-19 school year because of all of them. It has allowed me to do a lot more self-reflecting on who I am as a person. It has taught me how to handle emotions, and it has taught me just how valuable people and in-person interactions truly are. It has taught me how one small act of kindness can go a long way.
I always knew this, of course, but it clicked a couple of weeks ago when I was just having a terrible day. I told myself I deserve Starbucks because I mean who doesn’t when they’re sad? When I pulled up to the window, the person in front of me paid for my drink and it almost made me cry. I went from so sad one second to so happy the next. In conclusion, COVID-19 has not been beneficial for school, and really for most things, but it has been extremely rewarding in regards to me learning more about myself, so I think it hasn’t been a total waste.
Spring 2019, Delta Zeta