Reasons Why Online Classes Are The Worst

Reasons Why Online Classes Are The Worst

8 Relatable Reasons That Online Classes Suck
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Taking online classes can sometimes seem easy, and sometimes they are. But, other times, they're not and can become an extreme struggle.

Here are some of the reasons why:

1. Your Professor

They're hiding behind a screen dictating what you do and how much you sit at your computer every single week regretting every single second doing something you absolutely hate. You can't look at them in the eyes to show them your disgust either, and they're chuckling at all the work your doing, but I guess the joke's on them because they have to read through it all.

2. Contacting Your Professor

HA. Yeah, right. That's nearly impossible to do, especially when you sit down to complete an assignment and realize you can't move any further until a question is answered and it will take them approximately 48 hours to respond, so there goes the time you set aside to do your work.

3. The Work

Not only confusingly structured almost all of the time, but also jam packed full of assignments that you know you wouldn't be doing if you had just taken the class. Frustrating, but also your own fault.

4. Time Management

You have an assignment due in a week, all week! That's so much time. Just kidding it's Sunday night at 11:34 p.m. and your assignment is due in 26 minutes, talk about pressure. Good luck, because if it's posted even a second after the deadline that's a letter grade off for said assignment, no kidding.

5. Grades

Online class grades are horrible, mostly because you have no idea why you got the grade that you did. If your professor is cool enough to post their comments on your assignment and send them back, you still probably won't know why you got the grade you got. If you want to email and ask, by the time you hear back it doesn't even matter anymore.

6. Withdraw or Fail

If all of these things become too much for you to handle and you decide to withdraw from the online class you have to go through the process of filling out paperwork to scan to that professor that isn't so speedy on their response, to print and take to the office of registrar. That's good and bad, because you don't have to face your professor to hear them tell you how poorly you did in their class, but also you can't just have them easily sign the paper. I don't know about you, but I don't have money to have a scanner, another thing that's out of the way.

And failing, well looks like you have to retake that class, whether you not you tried. Either way, bummer.

7. Responding to Fellow Students

Hi, I don't know you, but I'm required to respond to your post so we can all act like we give a shit about what each other has to say. Great, good one sided talk, keep up the good work.

NOBODY CARES. This is not real participation. It doesn't even make sense, if you want students to actively have a discussion about something, then do it. But to just say respond to two other students, it's like talking to a wall. Most students won't read their responses, and if they do they won't care enough to do anything about it.

8. Blackboard Layout

Blackboard is a very simple and easy to use tool for college, you can check your grades, receive announcements, even send out an email to the entire class with a click of the button. BUT for some unknown reason, online professors decide to set up their classes on blackboard like it's a maze you have to solve just to figure out what you need to do. Not all are like this, but the ones that are: you're rude. Don't do that, we have enough as full-time students with part-time jobs, figuring out our lives, why not set it up so even the most computer illiterate students can handle the class.


Honestly, you'd think that they're going to be easy, and when you barely survive the class, fail, or withdraw the hardest ones you question your whole thought process before entering the class. I personally have taken four online classes, was successful in two and withdrew from the other two so I'd say it's pretty much a crapshoot. Just because they suck sometimes, doesn't mean they aren't efficient if you can handle it and stay on task.


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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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To The Tinder Boy Who Unknowingly Saved My Life

You don't know how amazing you are, and I wish you could see yourself through my eyes.
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As freshman year winds down and I have no roommates to thank for this, no friends to thank for that, and not much of anything to say about my freshman year, I do have one big thank you to say.

Dear Tinder Boy,

We had known each other via social media for a very short time before we actually connected in person on campus. There wasn't much to say when we did meet up. We had so little in common, yet having a conversation felt so effortless and natural. Perhaps this is why I felt as though you were my soulmate in a friend way and opened up to you in the ways that I did.

You constantly tell me that you can't see what you did to help me. You don't see the impact on my life you have had. But that doesn't matter. What matters is that I see the good things you've done for me. I owe you more thanks than what I am allowed to write. But for now, I'll just thank you for the most important things.

Thank you for swiping right on Tinder. Without Tinder, we never would have crossed paths on campus, and I believe that I wouldn't be where I am today. Thank you for swiping right and for sending the first message to me.

Thank you for being my first friend on campus. Little do you know that you were my first friend on campus and your simple "hello" made me want to engage with you.

Thank you for being you. Your true self is so beautiful and pure. You show me every day what a good man looks like. You show me how to be strong and how to push forward.

Thank you for being the person I can depend on here. I know that no matter what, you'll be there in the end. Some days, you're the only one waiting for me at the finish line of every day and that's okay, that's all I need.

Thank you for being real. You tell me when I'm being dramatic or too much. You tell me how it is and don't sugar coat a single thing. Nobody here does that for me. Your realness is a true gift.

Thank you for telling me to go to counseling. I believe that if it weren't for you, I wouldn't have gone to the counseling center when I did. Your support through the process is something that I can't explain. The way you offered to drop what you were doing to come and be there for me through my first appointment is something I haven't seen from anyone. Ever.

Thank you for keeping me sane. You let me cry and complain to you more often than anyone else. Even though I say the same thing over and over again and cry over the same person, you still listen. You still offer advice.

Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for being my personal cheerleader and for making sure that I am okay at the end of every day.

There are not enough words for me to thank you for all you have done for me. There are no words to explain how thankful I am for you and all of the hours you spent helping me through this year. There are no words that could ever tell you how thankful I am.

Thank you for not being another douchey Tinder boy or another douchey fraternity boy. Thank you for being the best friend I have ever had. Truly, I love you.

-The girl whose life you saved

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