What It’s Like to Be an Online Student

As the country collectively shuts down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many students are forced to continue school online.

Online teaching isn’t a new concept, but as the virus continues to spread, online classes will probably be the only way to get an education in the coming months. As an online student myself, taking classes online is easier than most might believe.

Compared to in person classes, online teachings are done on your time and your pace. It reduces stress, and for students who have major test anxiety, it can be extraordinarily helpful when you are in the comfort of your own home.

With the infected rate rising, and a vaccine just being submitted what’s it like being an online student?

My day starts off at 1:00 p.m.

I get up have some lunch, and log into my classroom blackboard, then I check my assignments and plan accordingly. After that I head to the lessons plans and proceed to read the lecture/ power point that the professor has set up.

During this time, I try to pace myself. So, I’ll take mini breaks throughout my study time. I’ll play some games, watch a bit of Netflix then return to my studies. When that is done, I dive back into what the professor has laid out and take the quizzes/ test ahead of time, so I don’t do it last minute.

Quite frankly, being an online student is a blessing in disguise. It’s helped me a lot when it comes to test taking and it teaches me responsibility. Instead of waking up at an ungodly hour and trudging myself to a cold classroom and a grumpy professor, I’m able to focus on hobbies that I like while also getting an education.

In the end, we don’t know when this virus is going to pass. It could clear up in a few weeks, it could take a year. What’s certain is that life as we know it changing rapidly, and it’s time that we adapt to these challenges; because in the end, whatever happens, certain things we’re used to will be changed forever.

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Alex Windley

Alex Windley is more or less a renaissance woman: she does everything at once; her hobbies watching Everton, collecting classic films, and crying over John Mayer.