The new normal – Day 53

May 8, 2020

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Photo courtesy of Duncan Herington

Krys Shahin, Editor-in-Chief / @Krysshah

Editor’s note: “The new normal” is a continuing series that looks into how members of the Los Medanos College community are coping with a shelter-in-place order amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Students of Los Medanos College are stressed with transferring during a pandemic, but those who have already moved on from LMC and gone to a four-year institution are doing alright through this transition.

Duncan Herington is a former LMC student who transferred to San Francisco State University and has since moved back home with his parents due to the school’s recent campus closure. 

“There is no need to live in San Francisco anymore so that was a big adjustment, going back to their rules,” said Herington. 

Due to the COVID-19 virus, Herington’s work hours have been cut. This has left him with more free time to hang out with his girlfriend and play “a lot of video games.”

This transition to staying home has not taken that big of an affect on Herington. He says that this is due to the fact that he is a gamer and is “built for this.”

Now that he is back home in Antioch, he has been taking full advantage of the new format that most courses have taken on. 

“Transitioning to online has been amazing,” he said. “I love being able to wake up two minutes before the class starts.”

Though it can be difficult to find silver linings during these difficult times, Herington is still able to appreciate the little things in his new normal.