Starting early March 2020, college students from all around the United States have been sent to finish their college semester at home. College students do have mixed feelings about moving home from college and taking online classes. EHHS alumni voice their opinions on the subject.
The two main components to college online learning is the program Zoom, and all independent learning. According to pocket-lint.com, Zoom is, “a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats - and it lets you record those sessions to view later.” These video calls have recently been introduced for a solution based upon educational purposes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While Zoom classes are used as check-ins, just like college itself, the assignments needed to be completed are all independent. Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) junior, and EHHS alumni, Amber Tatro shares, “I miss being able to ask questions and talk with my professors in person and work with grouples, but overall this is pretty good too, I have more time to take assignments at my own pace.”
Online learning has taken a toll on many college students' motivation. Many students find it difficult to keep motivation to do work from the too-familiar comforts of their own home. This could cause students to fall behind on work, or make their work ethic lack in general. Pace University junior and EHHS alumni Jenna Pane mentioned her struggles saying, “Personally it [online learning] has made it more difficult to absorb the material and keep up with assignments. I have also been less motivated to do my work and attend my assignments.” There is a struggle for college students to not procrastinate when at their house now because of this new learning.
The process of moving back home from college was also problematic. Not only were certain colleges strict about the time and day students were allowed to move out because of the pandemic, some colleges made little to no effort in organizing when students could come to pick up their stuff. The Massachusetts College of Libral Arts (MCLA) had a sign up for specific time slots so they would not come in contact with others, while Pace University wasn’t told much. Jenna explained, “We were loosely told to come get our things anytime before May 16th, they didn’t include anything [about avoiding] contact between other people.” During such a stressful time, it is good for colleges to take precautions to help better their students.
Even though it has been an adjustment for students who have been on campus learning for several years, there are some positives. College students are able to ease into it by having more time to do their work. Amber Tatro had said, “It helps in a sense that I have more time to work on my assignments but I definitely learned way more when I was actually in the classrooms. I paid more attention and it was easier to take in information.” Colleges did acknowledge the fact that it is hard to complete classes when not in a classroom or lecture setting. This helped students know that they will have some time to adjust when getting used to online classes.
If you are a college student, or a student doing online learning it is important to know that, “You have to put a lot more effort into time management especially with the heavy amount of assignments during this time of year,” mentioned Jenna Pane. Also, remember that you are going to be going back to school and this is just temporary. Having online programs like Zoom and being able to have access to asking teachers for help is a huge factor in adjusting to online learning, so make sure if you are confused or stressed about anything you talk to your professor.