'I feel like a number': unhappy UK students blocked from deferring studies

Students anxious about their next year at university are being told coronavirus isn’t a reason to pause their degree

Freya Saddler, a first-year musical theatre student, fell in love with Goldsmiths, University of London, when she auditioned for her course. Now, after trying to adapt to studying drama alone on a laptop in her bedroom during lockdown, she is stressed and unhappy. Like many students across the country, she is ready for a break from her studies – but her university says the coronavirus is not a valid reason to defer.

“Emotionally it has been a big struggle,” says Saddler, from Saltash, Cornwall. “Until Covid-19 I was having the best time at university. But suddenly switching online has been extremely hard. Musical theatre is a very practical subject, and I have really struggled at home alone as so much of my subject requires group work.”

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: 'I feel like a number': unhappy UK students blocked from deferring studies ———

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