As college students, we worry about the overload of exams, homework and in-person lecture classes. As incoming freshmen, these worries are all very real and ones that can cause a great amount of distress in our lives - if we let them. But little did we know, we were about to enroll in a university that offers a huge portion of classes through online sources.
This change in culture from all in-person classes to mixed mode is one that has completely altered the ways of universities and the ideology of "college."
Instead of having to make your best effort to meet people in your large lecture classes or ensure that your professor has some idea on who you are, you just have to have your computer on standby for the latest updates, assignments, and discussion posts. And the craziest thing of all is with the evolution of online classes, you actually have to apply yourself! I know, sounds weird, right?
Large lecture hall classes allow students to fall behind by thinking that missing a few classes won't have any harm to their grade or affect the knowledge needed to succeed in the study.
A particular issue that arises within these large lecture hall classes is the tendency we college students have to sit in the back of the room, with this hope that we can prevent ourselves from having to be 100% percent present in the class as we sit on our computers scrolling through the internet, texting away, and online shopping.
These large classes add stress and anxiety to many when they walk in and have to choose where to sit. This tendency to not want to pay attention is an issue us millennials have due to the technologically savvy world we live in. Technology gives people the idea that they can get away without studying, without trying, and the biggest issue, without being present. We are all simply addicted to technology with this corrupt belief that technology can do the work for us.
Unfortunately, in today's times, technology has taken over everything, including the world of education. Before technology wasn't being used to its full potential, but now people ensure it is being used without a slip in the cracks. Google is a source that provides the world with never-ending information And this never-ending information has given students and universities a gateway to online classes and the wanting to be enrolled in them.
As the desire to take online classes increases rapidly, many also choose to stay taking in-person classes. Like everything else, online classes have their many advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages give in to the laziness of today's times and the advantages give in to the need to work hard and sustain a substantial living. Online classes allow students to sit in bed and avoid being present in their studies, but they also allow students to obtain jobs and be a part of other opportunities our world gives us.
The way you look at online classes is the way you will think of them, so keep an open mind but try to stick to what you believe is best for your education.