Practically every country has introduced and is maintaining stay-at-home measures, and Canada is no exception. As a result, we are now officially stuck at home for the next little while and must take online classes since the universities are closed.
Staying at home
Staying home for online class is great. I wake up whenever I want since classes are recorded, so I don’t actually have to go to class, I don’t need to take the bus and train, and I don’t need to interact with other humans other than my family.
Despite staying at home, I do deeply miss my friends, walking around Ottawa, and getting some fresh air. It’s quite boring to be in the house and every day is pretty much the same thing.
I’m usually in my room, logging into class, logging off of class, studying, doing assignments, and looking for a summer position.
I definitely saved like 3 or 4 hours of travel time between home and university, but there are of course other downsides and… the significant drop in happy experiences in class.
The problems with online class
Not going to lie, this has been a train wreck and a half. I do have to say, I’m surprised the education system has somewhat tried to implement online learning, however, I am not impressed so far.
To start, most of our course content is online anyways, since our university uses Brightspace heavily. This didn’t change when we shifted to online classes but there was a problem with the in-class experience. Though I have been asking more questions than in an actual classroom, classes are not as interactive and the same quality as in-person.
I have grown to actually hate online class now, since the lack of a proper schedule and decent quality classroom learning has resulted in more or less everyone, both students and professors, “winging” everything.
While surfing Reddit, I noticed this is also the case with other notable universities in Canada and the world, with trolling, confusing class times, and extremely hard exams with death traps.
The Fall semester and beyond
Some universities in Canada have already announced that the Fall 2020 semester will be online and I’m assuming it is the most likely case for me as well, as it would be dangerous to let everyone back onto campus.
I can’t do much about this COVID-19 problem, so I’ll have to just keep dealing with these online classes, and hopefully, I’ll land a summer 2021 position. Since I’ve shaven off 3 to 4 hours worth of commute time, I can surprisingly use that time to do other things such as improving my skills, learning new things, and working on pet projects. This is not as bad as I thought it would be, but eventually, it balances out with the online class.
I really hope all of you are staying safe and I’ll be signing off for now.