Face masks, lockdowns, and PCR tests – these are just a few of the terms that have become part of our day-to-day lives over the last three years. Unless you’re a member of the Sentinelese tribe on the untouched North Sentinel Island in the Andamans or have learned to coexist with deadly reptiles on Snake Island, Brazil, the coronavirus will have undoubtedly impacted your life.

From professional pursuits and family matters to studies and social lives, the international spread of an invisible enemy called COVID-19 has changed what we considered to be normal life. The real question is: has this change been for the better or for the worse? When pandemic culture really gained momentum at the start of 2020, there was a universal outcry of shock and fear.

Initially, many reports stoked this fear with daily news of human happiness on the decline by placing a sharp focus on the negative impact on global mental health and the weakening of our worldwide workforce. What makes us a wonderous species is our ability to evolve and adapt, even in the face of great adversity.

Evolving, Adapting, and Exceeding Expectations

The truth of the matter (after much fearmongering) is that the pandemic has brought to light just how unnatural our lives were prior to life under lockdown. An interesting study done by Forbes demonstrates how 90% of people feel that their productivity either increased or remained the same through being able to work remotely, showing how our lives have been needlessly difficult all along.

Some of the more progressive organisations in our world have understood that happy, comfortable humans simply perform better. Institutions like Oxbridge Academy were far ahead of the trend in this regard, having given countless students the opportunity to study from wherever suits them best, and by using the learning methodology that works for them, long before the pandemic began.

https://www.oxbridgeacademy.edu.za/about-us/If you are wondering about the kind of performance expected from you as we move through the third year of corona-craziness, know that established private distance learning colleges like Oxbridge Academy and its many delightful students have remained motivated and moving towards success. This proves that anything is possible, even in times of painful pandemics.

What Do You Expect from Yourself?

Many of us have unearthed hidden talents during the lockdown: maybe you’ve been working on your directorial debut as the next Quentin Tarantino; perhaps you’re finally writing that long overdue novel and you will be the next Charles Dickens; or you might’ve started a band while in bed with a fever and will be South Africa’s next Freshly Ground.

Never mind what others expect from you – the question is what do you expect from yourself? At Oxbridge Academy, we help our students turn their dreams into a reality, even during these harsh times.

Per Ardua Ad Astra (through adversity to the stars) is not our Motto without reason.