Voices on the Quad: Online Start to the Semester

By Maria Thomas, Senior Writer

Anthony Mastrogiacomo ‘23

How do you feel about the first week of classes being online?

I feel that online classes for the first week is a great idea because it allows for people to settle in, and if they have tested positive within a few days of the year starting, they will not be missing class. On the other hand, having the first week online doesn’t allow us to meet other people in our classes before the course material starts and it also doesn’t give the teacher the opportunity to fully meet us. 

How has online learning affected your day-to-day life as a student, perhaps with roommates, siblings, pets, parents, etc?

Online learning has affected my everyday life for the better because it allows me to be more involved with my family. It has also had a positive effect with my roommates because we get to see more of each other. 

Do you prefer online classes or in-person classes? Online club meetings or in-person?

I originally preferred online classes freshman year when they first began, and also fall semester sophomore year, because I was able to basically take my classes anywhere which allowed me to be more flexible. Now, after having a full semester in person, I realize that I am able to pay more attention, and I am also retaining a lot more information. So with that I would definitely prefer in-person classes.

Did the decision for online learning affect when you returned to campus or to off-campus housing? 

The decision for online learning did affect when I came back to campus, but only by two days since I don’t live very far.

Chelsea Fedigan ‘23

How do you feel about the first week of classes being online?

I think that it makes me hopeful that the rest of the semester as of right now is in person. So going through the first week of classes remotely doesn’t bother me that much. If anything, it makes me more excited to go back in person, and I can appreciate it now more. I think that my teachers have been adapting to it really well, and they’re making the most of it, and I think that the conversation is still there. So I think that for just being the first week of classes, it doesn’t really bother me. 

How has online learning affected your day-to-day life as a student, perhaps with roommates, siblings, pets, parents, etc?

I currently live on campus. So I guess the most challenging thing about taking online classes in the dorm is just trying to coordinate like with my roommates, and trying to have my own personal space, or you know, you have to use headphones so they aren’t bothering anyone, whereas I was fully online last year, so that wasn’t a problem. 

Do you prefer online classes or in-person classes? Online club meetings or in-person?

I think in a perfect world, I would love to do something that involves a hybrid classroom because I think that is very ideal for me, but I think in-person if I had to choose my preference because you definitely get to interact with people on a different level in-person. I mean, I can still have a conversation in online classes, but there’s just something about being face-to-face with people — especially people that you’re meeting for the first time — that you can’t really get over Zoom.

Did the decision for online learning affect when you returned to campus or to off-campus housing? 

I definitely considered coming back to campus when classes were in-person, but I just took it as an opportunity to come back to campus when not all the students were here so I could enjoy the library or Kelly when it was more quiet. So I definitely considered coming back late, but ultimately, especially because the dorms were open, I wanted to take advantage of that.

Isabelle Tomas ‘23

How do you feel about the first week of classes being online?

When I first heard the first week of classes were going to be online, honestly, I was relieved. I found myself feeling more nervous than usual for this semester and being able to attend classes online allowed me to feel more comfortable

How has online learning affected your day to day life as a student, perhaps with roommates, siblings, pets, parents, etc? 

Online learning honestly made my life easier. Besides being a college student, I work. So, having my classes online allowed me to create better hours for work. Along with this, when classes are in person, I need to commute to school as I don’t dorm. More often than not though, I don’t have a car accessible to me and have to take the bus. This makes it exceedingly more difficult for me as buses aren’t consistent. The one downside about online learning for me though, is that I live at home with my parents, brother and both grandparents so it’s not easy finding quiet spaces to study and do homework in. With that being said, I’m very privileged to have access to a computer and Wi-Fi. 

Do you prefer online classes or in-person classes? Online club meetings or in-person?

I prefer online classes because of basic comfort, but I found that I absorb information better when my classes are in-person. I’m someone who needs to be in an educational environment in order to actually learn. I’m usually less focused when I take classes at home, so being in-person forces me to check myself. 

Did the decision for online learning affect when you returned to campus or to off-campus housing? 

Again, I’m very privileged, so the decision for online learning didn’t affect me greatly when returning to off-campus housing as I commute already. I always have some form of transportation accessible to me when classes return to being in person, and because I’ve been home this whole time (over the break) already, having my classes in person didn’t change much in my life at home.