While CSUF finishes the semester online, Titan Comms interns are writing first-person blog posts to document this unique experience.
As most of you may know, all students are being affected by COVID-19. Schools have closed, students have had to pack up and leave their dorms, but classes are still being continued. You might wonder how those online classes are going for students who aren’t in favor of them and I am here to tell you just that.
Last week, virtual teaching at CSUF started and was originally supposed to last until April 26th. After 3 days of virtual instruction, it was decided that this will go all the way through the end of the semester, which is May 22nd. For someone who doesn’t like online classes, I instantly panicked. I don’t take online classes for a reason and I choose not to because they are hard for me to keep up with. I’ve taken two online classes before and let’s just say they didn’t go too well. Not only do you have to remember to turn your assignments in on time, but you also have to teach yourself the material. You don’t have a professor there to remind you each class that you have a project or paper due. I think you really have to be self-disciplined and have good time management to be able to do really well in online classes. I know there are many other students like me who also struggle with online classes, which is why I am here to tell you that you are not alone!
When I first found out that my classes were going to be online for the rest of the semester, I couldn’t sleep. I stayed up all night thinking about how it was even possible for someone of my classes to be taught online. All the classes that I am currently taking this semester do not have online options, which sort of tells me that they shouldn’t be taught online. We meet in person for a reason and I truly believe that was the best way for students to succeed in these classes. The fact that these classes are forced to be taught virtually is difficult because no one, not students or professors, was prepared for this.
With all that is going on and all these new changes, it is apparent that people are going to be really stressed out, myself included. I am one of those people that is just really unmotivated at home. I find my house to be my relaxation place, so I find it really hard to stay focused while being here. I used to do homework on campus at the library or I would go to a nearby Starbucks, but unfortunately, that isn’t possible anymore. So, I’ve had to really push myself to stay on top of my work and dedicate time to get everything done. All these changes have just made it really hard to focus and on top of that, I have never had this much homework from my classes this semester. I feel like things are just being thrown at me left and right and all at once. I think since we aren’t meeting in class anymore, my professors are trying to make up for that by giving extra assignments, so it feels like I am doing a lot more work than usual. I know professors and students are still trying to get the hang of this whole online teaching thing, so things should eventually cool down.
What I have learned, is that my professors really want their students to succeed. We have to understand that this is new to them too, so they are probably just as confused as we are. My first initial thought was that I was going to forget to complete or turn my assignments in. I thought I wasn’t going to get any reminders anymore and I was just going to have to fend for myself on this one, but I thought wrong. My professors have been understanding to this whole situation, which I am really thankful for. All my professors have been constantly emailing me reminders and updates, which has made me feel somewhat better about this whole virtual teaching thing. I encourage you to ask your professors to do the same if they aren’t already! This is just one way to make sure you are keeping up with due dates and completing your assignments.
It’s only really been a week and this is something we will just have to get used to, but don’t worry we will! Once you get a solid routine down, things will come easier. Right now, I am still trying to get a routine together, but once that happens the rest of the semester should go smoothly… hopefully.