Will I Ever Have Classes In-Person Again?By Ernest Hamilton, UniversityHerald Reporter
In the last 10 months, universities have had to alter their courses so that they could be offered virtually. Although some schools have returned to hosting some courses in-person, many still have dozens of programs that are fully virtual. Whether you are a biology major or a hospitality major, there are certain courses that are beneficial to be physically present for. With a daunting winter ahead and rumors about a second round of lockdowns, many students are wondering if their education will ever look as they expected it to. In this article, we will discuss the reality of students returning to physical classrooms.
How Long WIll My Classes Be Remote?
LIkely, you were not expecting to spend every minute of your college experience behind a computer screen. You dreamt of spending afternoons in the library and early mornings walking across campus to an examination room. At this point, you have had almost two full semesters of virtual courses. Will you ever return to physical classes?
Likely, you will have the opportunity to learn virtually or physically in the future. Many college students are fearful of returning to large lecture halls. If you are a high-risk individual or are worried about contracting the COVID-19 virus, you will likely have the option to stay remote as long as you need.
For those who are itching to get back into the classroom, the future is uncertain. There are some courses that may return to classrooms because they require hands-on practice. Likely, you will have some virtual classes for the rest of time. If professors are old or vulnerable, they may be uncomfortable returning to campus. For this reason, they may choose to conduct their teaching over an online learning platform.
Although there are some benefits to remote learning, there are also many challenges. When you are not spending time on campus, it is more difficult to make social connections. These friendships are a vital component to your ability to thrive throughout your college career.
How Can I Persevere Through This Challenging TIme?
Many students have learned that the virtual environment can be challenging. When you are watching videos all day, it can be difficult to retain information and focus on the topic at hand. In addition, it is frustrating to lack the ability to connect with classmates and peers. Whether you are attending Clemson University or the American International College, there are still amazing ways that you can maximize your experience. If you are struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, remember the following things:
You are lucky to have the privilege of furthering your education.
Take every opportunity to ask questions, learn, and grow.
Look at the wisdom and insight of your professors, they are highly skilled in their area of expertise.
Do your part to make the college experience exciting. Set up group facetime calls with your classmates or schedule a meet-up with your lab partner.
Be honest. Share the challenges that you are experiencing with the university. By doing so, you can help make a change.
Make the decision to continue persevering with a good attitude, even on difficult days.
The remote environment has been especially difficult for college students. Although you may not know when your courses will return to physical classrooms, you must value each day and take every opportunity to expand your knowledge.