By Shawn Morris
Classes have shifted to an online format ever since spring break in college across the nation.
Zoom has emerged at the forefront of the new online class format. Changes in the format of classes mean that students’ classes are run differently than they were before.
Nick McLemore, health science freshman, originally expressed a common sense of relief and excitement about the transition to online classes. He said, “At first when all of this was going down, I was happy we had online classes because I only looked at the positive side of it. I wouldn’t have to get up as much to go to class, and I thought that I would have less work. Most of all though, I got to be at home, so I just assumed everything was going to work out.”
McLemore went on to describe the things that he had overlooked about online classes, such as the fact that some of his classes give out more work, and being home has killed his motivation to complete his assignments.
McLemore isn’t alone in this. Ruth Gonzalez, marine biology freshman, said, “I think online classes are harder than in person because anyone can experience technical difficulties and there’s nothing one can do about it most of the time. I also believe it’s harder because you’re your own teacher and all motivation just goes down because we’re at home. I’ve never procrastinated so much in my life.”
Gonzalez, like McLemore, would choose to have classes in person moving forward if the choice was up to them. Their online classes have not turned out how they were hoping and expecting, so they want classes to return to how it was.
Part of the reason why it is hard to find the motivation to complete schoolwork may be because students are not face-to-face with their professors. George Reeves, undecided freshman, said, “I feel that classes are harder because you have more responsibility, like having to take the time and read your books on your own because you’re not hearing the teacher lecture and remind us as if we were in class. They still remind us things on Zoom, but I don’t know. It’s just not the same.”
As the semester draws to a close, students are hoping that classes return to normal. Quarantine has changed several aspects of life, and they are craving a sense of normalcy.
Shawn Morris is reporting on this story from his home in Little Elm, TX.