These past few weeks have been quite hectic! There has been so much stuff going on with the world that it has been a bit overwhelming, to say the least. There’s been a lot to deal with, but things have calmed down a bit – at least for now. Anyways, school is over its summertime! The best time of the year, gotta love the summer heat and no winter depression. I planned on writing a post about what quarantine has been like and how I’ve been coping with current events; I decided against it and wanted to touch on lighter subjects instead.
But online school?
It has not been my favorite thing at all. It honestly really sucks. I mean, it’s not the worst thing in the world, but I would still much rather take classes in person. As an extrovert who thrives in social environments, online school practically gets rid of all that. This spring quarter honestly kind of ruined my feelings about taking online classes. I always liked taking one or two online courses when I had a chance since it was convenient and flexible with my schedule.
However, taking an entire quarter online is something I never want to deal with again. It’s annoying there is a lot of lack of motivation to get work done. Since most of my classes did not really meet online and had recorded lessons instead, I found it burdensome to stay on top of work and unable to complete work on time. Without the pressure of going to class and being there physically, let me say that my already high levels of extreme procrastination only increased more than I could have ever imagined.
Despite all this, I somehow still managed to get pretty good grades considering I was only putting minimal effort into each class while having six classes total. I totally finessed this entire quarter.
For the most part, the classes I took this quarter were not necessarily as difficult as I would have imagined; I still feel like my experience would have been so much better if they had been in person. I would have learned more in regards to the actual subjects. I’d say it was more of a “how to do online school” type of learning experience. Although I have experience with the online classes, it was still different since most of the classes weren’t formatted to be online. For example, the majority of my classes involved collaborative group projects, which aren’t necessarily impossible to do online, but it is harder. It’s also more time-consuming and tedious in all areas. Also, there is a loss of social interaction during class, which only makes it unengaging, especially when a lecture is supposed to be interactive.
Overall, I did not hate it since my professors were a lot more lenient for the most part, but I didn’t love it either. I’m just glad it’s over. A piece of advice: set deadlines for all your assignments and due dates, and make use of all your online resources that you can find, Google will be your best friend.