May 22, 2023
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 1:17 pm Peaches, Peaches, Peaches
  • 1:14 pm Bonner Crowned: The Fearless Leader
  • 1:10 pm A Legacy Defined: Cilecia Foster
  • 1:03 pm The Toros Sweep Stanislaus State, Start CCAA Championships 
  • 12:56 pm Year In Review: 2022-23 Toros Athletics 

A mesh between home and Zoom; the way my last year of college is turning out. Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

By Lloyd Bravo, Staff Reporter

The thrill that comes from hunting for new notebooks on sale, the aroma of pencils that wafts in the air after opening the manufactured sealed box, organizing your brand new school supplies into your Jansport backpack and lifting the weight of your course books has always been a cathartic experience before beginning a new semester of college.

However, this feeling has eluded me for nearly a year and a half, and instead of the shoulder straps from my heavy bag weighing me down, it is the sense of dread that I have knowing I have missed out on most of my college experience. 

I never thought I would miss the thrill of hunting for new school supplies or the earthy scent of lead from my recently purchased Dixon Ticonderoga pencils. 

The global pandemic has changed all aspects of our daily lives. In order to remain safe, online platforms like Zoom were utilized to allow students and teachers to interact via the internet. Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom, posted on his blog that, “Over 90,000 schools in 20 countries” have used the communications app to assist schools with online learning.

Although this technology has enabled schools and universities to simulate the classroom environment, I feel that this structure of learning has stifled my growth as a student and ability to speak to my peers and professors.

Knowing that this is not the fault of an individual or group, but a horrific pandemic, I still become anxious seeing the black squares inundated on my computer with white text of unfamiliar names made more anonymous when the void you would like to speak with does not speak back. This has also made group assignments unbearable as more individuals become less social and interactive while hiding behind their virtual blackout curtain.

I commend my professors for trying to keep our courses engaging and interactive, but it is a tremendous task to monitor each unwilling student. It has been a harsh reality that has made my time at California State University, Dominguez Hills bittersweet. 

The education is valuable and I have been able to engage with my professors which has provided me with a small sense of community inside my isolated room. Although, saving money on gas and not having to fret about running late for class has been a silver lining. 

What I have noticed is that my ability to socialize has been stunted due to the excessive isolation to keep others and myself safe as well as losing a bit of my gregarious personality when talking with my peers. I have lost interest in pursuing friendships and have been afraid to reach out for assistance with assignments. 

These types of remorseful emotions are not uncommon as, “80% of college students say that COVID has negatively impacted their mental health,” according to a study by the U.S. Department of Education. This includes intensified states of stress, anxiety, sadness, loneliness and feeling of disappointment. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that, “the Delta variant is highly contagious, more than 2x as contagious as previous variants.” This has placed a hazy uncertainty to those wanting to reclaim in-class learning. The pressure of keeping my family safe including my newborn son is my main priority, but for my mental health I welcome the idea of returning to campus.

For now, hybrid classes have been implemented to ease the transition to on-campus classes. Schools have promoted wearing masks, educating and motivating their students to get vaccinated. This has helped quell my mind and has encouraged my eagerness to eventually return to in-person classes in the near future. 

I have not lost hope or optimism that things can change and I am humbled by the notion I am not alone while I charge through uncertainty.


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