Covid-19. A word that has come to plague our generation and thrust the world into chaos. In the beginning, many businesses were forced to close and multiple jobs were lost. Now entering year three of the pandemic, many are still struggling.
The educational system is among the worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, closing schools and sending many worn-out teachers into early retirement. After the initial fallout, many schools were forced to go online in order to continue bringing students to graduation.
Even now, many in-person classes are still being forced to go virtual, including here at LCCC.
During last fall semester according to information gathered from enrollment advisor Marisa Vernon White, LCCC had 64% of the student body taking blended, online, and online live(BOW)\classes to 36% in-person. During this spring semester, the numbers have changed slightly to 63% BOW and 37% in-person. Still, many students on campus prefer in-person classes over remote learning.
LCCC student Anthony Levya said in a recent interview that he preferred in-person classes as opposed to virtual ones. “In-person classes build relationships with people, and I do not enjoy sitting behind a screen,” Levya said.
Ty Quintana, another student, expressed similar views. “It is much easier to stay focused and not get distracted in the middle of your (in-person) class,” Quintana said, adding that he often found himself waiting until the very last minute to do homework and exams in virtual classes. He expressed that virtual classes were a lot more challenging than in-person.
However, Jessica Stewart, another student, has a different view. Stewart said virtual classes are a safe bet from contracting Covid-19. Still, being an online student is a struggle because she now has to discipline herself to stay on schedule with her assignments. Stewart said in-person classes enable her to focus on her schoolwork better. In virtual classes, she has to learn to focus more and set time aside for her virtual classes.
Another student Eddie Rychel agreed. “I’m not a fan of online classes because I find it harder to focus in that environment,” Rychel said. “Online classes are not as engaging as in-person classes to me. I have to rewatch the videos wasting more of my time.”
International students Charlotte Novotny and Megan Yoong said they don’t want to be stuck in the same routine every day, preferring to go to the campus and make new friends rather than being stuck at home.
Regardless of whether students prefer online or in-person, the pandemic is on the rise once more, threatening online classes to become the new normal for many students.
JRNM 151 students Sean Burns, Pierce Eavenson, Kaelin Jenkins, Aiden Matta, and Aeshah Owaydhah contributed to the story.