In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Iowa State students have transitioned to all online classes and meetings. As an ag bus major, what are your thoughts on your new learning situation?
I miss being in Ames. We are really missing out on the majority of the college experience right now. We do not have the interactions with friends or professors that I think are a very important piece of college, and I miss those interactions. We are also missing out on involvement in extracurricular activities. Online classes have been particularly burdensome for me, as I live in a very rural area and do not have access to good internet. Thankfully, my grandmother lives in town about 15 minutes away, and I can go to her house and use her internet to complete my studies.
Although the situation is much less than ideal, there are a few positive aspects worth mentioning. Considering we do not have much of a choice but to be in this situation right now, I would say that interactive classes and meetings are the best way to maintain those positive interactions between professors and students and amongst students themselves. Additionally, the decrease in responsibilities from extracurricular activities has been a nice change. I have finally been able to keep up with things and even help out on the family farm at home. I will say, I do enjoy the autonomy that online classes allow. It is nice to be able to take care of my assignments and even the lectures whenever I please as well as to be able to work entirely at my own pace.