On the side of students enthusiastic about the idea of returning to the benches of their university, the time is rather depressed. Due to the rebound of the coronavirus epidemic, the health authorities have indeed decided that in areas placed on maximum alert, amphitheatres could only be filled to 50% of their capacity. A situation badly experienced by young people often forced to study from home.
Marwa, a second-year student, coming out of her economics amphitheater in Tolbiac, cracks. While half of her lessons have been done remotely since the start of the school year, she decided to cheat and come every day. “I can’t take the virus anymore. After a while, it’s drunk,” she annoys. “At home, I can’t study. There are a lot of people, in a small house. I prefer to come and study at the university, because at home it is impossible.”
“Staying in my room all the time is depressing”
Coffy is very happy to meet his friend Mathieu for his week of on-site computer lessons in Tolbiac. Because when he’s at a distance, his morale is low. “Stay in my room all the time and do the lessons, I can’t. It’s depressing I find”, he confides to Europe 1. “The fact of going to university, you feel like a student . It’s important to stay motivated in our studies, “says Mathieu.
Ethel, a brand new first year cultural mediation student, keeps smiling, even though most of her classes aren’t even done remotely, with the teacher sending in written documents. “We have no video where the teacher speaks and where we can ask questions,” laments the young woman. “They just send us power points and we’re supposed to work on it ourselves.” “Nobody is there to explain to us, we have no other comrades to whom we could ask questions”, she adds. “Me, I really thought I would find myself in a lecture hall with lots of people and be able to do real college lessons.”
The only place to cross his class is the university library or the university restaurant. But again, you can’t go when you’re supposed to be at a distance.