ALTA Students in Time of Covid

i Aug 26th No Comments by

My Corona Virus Experience

As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our lives another ALTA student JLK shares her thoughts and experience during this difficult time. Her positive outlook is outstanding. She realised that fake news was causing uncontrollable anxiety, so she took steps to deal with that. Though she was forced to close her business, she managed to stay upbeat. JKL filled her days expanding her skills by doing online classes in sewing and baking. She also joined ALTA Virtual Literacy classes.


I remember that day like it was yesterday. The first recorded case of COVID-19 was on March 12th, 2020 in my country of Trinidad and Tobago. I recall it so well because I was making plans for my Easter Egg Hunt and my phone rang. It was the baker asking if I would still need the order of cupcakes and if the Egg Hunt was still on seeing as we now had a reported case of the COVID-19 Virus in our country.

I immediately turned on the television and there was a press conference being held by the Honourable Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh giving information to the nation about our first case and about the virus. I instantly had to put my Easter Egg Hunt on hold.

The next day it was reported that schools were going to be closed. I was panicking a little. I had to get some supplies from the supermarket and the pharmacy. I didn’t want to get it myself and I didn’t have to because both the pharmacy and the supermarket were taking orders and doing deliveries, so I didn’t need to leave home.

I had become obsessed with the press conference and checking online for information concerning the COVID-19 Virus. I also read false news on social media and because of that, my anxiety became uncontrollable. I decided to take a step back from the information coming in and deal with things I had control over.

As the country began to shut down not knowing when things would be coming back to normal, I had to take some steps in my online clothing business. I had to sell out my inventory for a lesser price than I had intended. Also, I had to close my business down.

Now with all the free time I had, I needed to find things to fill my days. I did two online sewing classes and an online cake baking class and at the beginning of 2021 I joined the ALTA Virtual Literacy Learning Classes. This was something I needed to do for a long time but never had the time and having it online was a bonus for me. It was easier to be present for classes and some students can also join the class while at work.

The Coronavirus has changed life as we know it. If we keep doing what is required of us to keep ourselves and our family safe, I believe things will get better and eventually return to normal.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining an ALTA-V class, enhancing their literacy through ALTA Online Level 1 or becoming a sponsor, call 708-1990 or email

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