The academic year of 2020/21 has certainly been a unique one. It is an experience that we will undoubtedly all remember, but one we will hopefully never relive.
After many months of undertaking my degree from behind a computer screen, I, alongside many fellow students, have started to feel the upcoming pressure of entering the ‘real world’ knowing we will likely graduate amidst a global pandemic. Having barely met one another – certainly never hugged nor shared a drink – the feeling of isolation can be particularly hard. We feel scared, unprepared, and alone. But, as we move toward the UK ‘reopening’ I think it is finally time for me to return to this blog as a reminder that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for us all.
Over the next few months we will be joined by some of the wonderful HAU MSc Entomology and IPM alumni, sharing with us their successes and progression since graduation. Whilst this year is particularly challenging for us all – the future is bright. So, I hope by reflecting on the success of our predecessors, we can bring encouragement and remind us all that despite currently being apart, we are not alone. Success is just around the corner.
‘It turns out that that distance from head to hand, from wafting butterfly to entomological specimen, is achieved through regular practice. What begins as something like a dream will in fact stay a dream forever unless you have the tools and the discipline to bring it out.’ – Ann Patchett.
You have the dream. You now have the tools. Together, we will be brave enough to conquer the discipline.
Pandemic Academics – keep your chin up. You are not alone.