by Jana Fischer
At the end of February this year, my practical period at Bechtle came to a close. I was really happy to be able to see everyone from my course again and begin the second semester with the theory part at the Cooperative State University of Baden-Württemberg in Mosbach.
As soon as I had been there a week I already felt at home with the uni day. But the semester ended as quickly as it began. After precisely two weeks of in-person lectures, we (along with many others) received a message that the semester would continue online for the next few weeks. At first we couldn’t imagine what online learning would be like, but were thrown in head first and there was nothing else to but accept the new concept.
In all courses, we were given scripts that we then able to work on independently in our own time. Our virtual lectures were held as per our timetables and with the subject lecturers. As we were given self-study from the middle of march and our exams were coming up two months later, we had quite a lot to learn in this time. In some cases, we were assigned the entire learning material all at once.
At the end of the theory phase, I was faced with seven exams that I had to take online from home. Thanks to my preparation, my exams were doable and all in all, I found self-study better than I had expected. In time, you find your rhythm, new methods, and know best how you can best learn what you have to.
Many of you probably found yourselves in the same situation over the past two to three months. After having this experience, I can tell all of you on the same journey: Be open to new things and try to make the best of unknown situations! It might even turn out better than you expected!