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COVID Through the Eyes of the Student

Sitting around a fire with friends during our spring break in Lake Wedowee, Alabama, is where I found out I will be finishing my junior year of college online!? Like many of you, I still find it strange to think of how so much has changed in everyday life and how we have all adjusted to living during a pandemic. I’m just the “college kid.”

Of course the next step after spring was to return to Oxford, where all our belongings were still. Many of us soon returned to our respective hometowns, unsure and confused about what impact COVID-19 would have on our college experience and town.

You Are Officially Online.

Luckily, my professors in the School of Journalism and New Media were great when it came to transitioning their classes online. I quickly adapted my way of waking up and walking to my classes on campus to waking up and walking to my kitchen table for Zoom meetings. Though, I was already taking two online classes and knew exams would have to be proctored different too. This is where Proctorio would (soon) came into play.

Exams What?

Proctorio is an extension that can be downloaded and is used to proctor online exams with access to your computer’s audio, camera and screen. This program helped combat cheating because Proctorio will flag your exam if there were suspicious movements, new tabs open, etc. This was commonly used in most classes. During a Proctorio exam you can see yourself being recorded in the left-hand corner, so at times I found myself more focused on making sure I did not make a “weird movement” to avoid being flagged, and ended up having to re-read the questions a couple of times. I later found out on my final exam I could minimize the