Students concerned for their learning during pandemic


The pandemic is getting worse every day, and the idea of things ever going back to “normal” seems like more of a fantasy with each passing day.

The CDC said that there were more than 15,000 new cases in Louisiana last week.

And while young people may be at lower risk of contracting the virus, college students haven’t found it easy to get an education during the pandemic.

Larra Kelis, a sophomore psychology major, said that she’s a hands on learner and having face-to-face time with a professor makes it easier to understand what she’s learning.

“The concern I have about online classes would be if I am able to grasp the concept of the course material the same as if it was in person,” Kelis said.

Kelis also hopes that classes don’t go 100% online. She said that people would still be living on campus even if we were completely online and that everyone seems to be doing what they’re supposed to in terms of following COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Lindsey Coates, a sophomore occupational therapy major, believes everyone is following the rules too. She said all classes should be hybrid so students can choose whether they attend online or in person.

“Personally, I learn better in a classroom,” Coates said. “Like most of us, when I have to do Zoom or teach myself the material I get easily distracted.”

She also thinks tuition and fees should be decreased because of the hybrid method we’re using right now, and junior psychology major Mia Fuller agreed.

Fuller said that because a lot of classes are online, many students aren’t even using the facilities they’re being charged for.

“The school needs funding but why make us pay for something we are not using,” Fuller said.

Fuller, who contracted COVID-19 last semester, said that classes should be 100% online and if students really need to get help from a professor in person, they should schedule a one-on-one meeting.