It’s back to school season and schools have been working on ways to get their students back on campus for in-person classes. College students have been eagerly waiting for the new semester to begin to have the college experience they want.
After having their semester switch to remote learning in March, students haven’t been happy about being home. Despite not being prepared for the switch, there were lots of obstacles that both students and teachers faced during the shutdown. Many classes were not prepared for the material to switch to remote learning.
With the upcoming semester, students were hoping that the schools would be better prepared for the classes. It is to be expected that schools want to keep their students safe but that comes into question when colleges are rushing to open campuses.
This user stated parents are too busy rushing their children back to school without thinking about the possible consequences.
Thank God parents insisted that things “return to normal” for their kids. I guess normal means raising their hopes; moving in; getting sick w/an illness that could have long-term effects- or possibly kill them; move back; & be worse off physically & mentally than they had been.
— Donnie is the Short-fingered Vulgarian (@CkDexter15) August 25, 2020
This student tweeted online learning is not the college experience he wanted.
Online college is for adults with careers, going back to school…not 18 year olds who wanna have a real experience 😑
— Chance🎱🪐 (@Chances214) August 25, 2020
Students were not the only ones putting pressure on schools to open. The government wanted schools to open as well. Some officials think schools are not ready to open but the president seemed to disagree. President Trump tweeted in July threatening funding for schools if they choose not to open.
In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020
College students have complained about their new college experience due to online learning. While some students are not so confident about the risk they are taking by returning to school.
Me looking at my college's reopening plan knowing full well it's gonna fail and we're all gonna be in online classes or sent home in 3 weeks tops pic.twitter.com/yuqT00qkFP
— Erika L (@spicedGumdrops) August 26, 2020
Many colleges have welcomed their students back to campus ensuring them that the employees as well as the students are expected to follow the CDC guidelines. Schools are sending out multiple notices requesting students to social distance as much as possible and wear their masks when around others. The dorms on many campuses have limited their capacity to ensure student’s safety.
Whether or not these schools are carrying out the proper safety precautions casts doubts when the number of outbreaks is beginning to rise across the country. So why is the number of cases beginning to rise again?
This user tweeted a video at Syracuse University giving you a look at the possible answer to that question.
syracuse university freshmen are never seeing heaven pic.twitter.com/FnoG4lwXYt
— carpet muncher 🧃 (@lesfemmefataIe) August 20, 2020
Students are posting videos on social media disappointed to see the actions of their peers. People are having parties and social gatherings that show no regard for the pandemic.
This user felt both the institution and the students should be held accountable for their part in the outbreaks.
how about both. college students are still adults. lets not excuse these people from not wearing masks and partying https://t.co/dVjBQ6jW33
— ✨ 𝐤𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐞 ✨ (@thejedijunkyard) August 26, 2020
People are quick to blame universities for the lack of enforcement of the safety regulations. While there are precautions being taken on campus to avoid the spread of the virus, schools cannot control how the kids act off-campus.
The University of Alabama welcomed its students back to campus on Aug. 19. The school had 158 confirmed COVID-19 cases on that day. Currently, the university has over 1000 cases. Tuscaloosa’s mayor ordered bars in the city to close for two weeks in order to slow the spread of the virus. Students off-campus transmission poses a huge threat to the schools.
After videos on social media going viral of students partying people weren’t surprised by the rise in cases. This user stated schools need to be closed.
Auburn University: 208 COVID-19 cases and climbing… in 7 days.
University of Alabama: 566 cases and climbing… in 7 days.
THESE SCHOOLS NEED TO CLOSE ASAP. https://t.co/xTPxBD6Mod
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 25, 2020
Another user tweeted about the university teachers being advised not to speak about COVID-19 with students.
University of Alabama orders professors not to discuss coronavirus in class.
We will not beat this pandemic with secrecy or lies. Sheesh.
— Nicholas A. Christakis (@NAChristakis) August 27, 2020
The University of South Carolina switched to all-remote classes after a week due to the cases of COVID-19 beginning to rise within the week of reopening. Other universities like the University of Michigan are following their example and continuing remote learning. Students are calling their new normal zoom university.
Some students feel that their tuition money is being wasted with online learning. This user tweeted tuition is too high for the college experience they are receiving.
wouldn’t it make sense to lower tuition since students aren’t getting the regular full-time college experience? 🤔
— Brooke (@brookeruebke) August 26, 2020
The obstacles to remote learning are sometimes unavoidable. Colleges need to ensure these students that they are getting the same education they are paying for. There needs to be proper preparation like access to the necessary resources for students to successfully complete their classes online.
The effectiveness of remote learning is challenged when the experience varies from student to student. No access to wifi or having to share a computer with siblings are just some of the obstacles that come with learning remotely.
This New York University student tweeted about still not having a proper computer for his classes.
Among the many silly things about starting the semester tomorrow is that @nyu promised me I’d have the computer I need by the start of the semester, that definitely has not happened, so we’ll just see tomorrow if the 2005 thrift-store desktop I own can handle Zoom University
— Cass Adair (@cassius_a) September 1, 2020
Teachers also face the difficulties of remote learning. It is much harder to keep students engaged online like this student who was playing Minecraft while in class.
Although cases continue to rise on campuses across the country, students still see zoom university as a less than favorable option.
Me showing up to zoom university every day pic.twitter.com/4QhtgmQsg4
— ✨mina™️ #1 hilo simp (@minareadss) August 27, 2020
me teaching myself on zoom university https://t.co/EC0U2hV921
— 𝒶𝓇𝓂𝒶𝓃𝒾. (@armanimonae12) August 31, 2020