Last semester, when it was time to register for classes for the spring semester, I registered for 21 credit hours. At the time, I thought it was a great idea because everything is online, so that means more time for homework; I was completely wrong. By the time winter break came around and I was taking winter intersession classes, I knew overextending myself was not the move. This semester has been anything but calm and peaceful. Almost every Monday, I feel like Lemon from 30 Rock and Jack (aka my friends) have to tell me that it is in fact only Monday and only the beginning of the week.
I am lucky enough to have two in-person classes and work on campus in-person. If I did not have those going for me, who knows where I would be. I am now down to 18 credit hours and it is not as bad as 21 credit hours (I think). I wished that I had the strength to do 21 credit hours, but by the time classes actually started in January, I was drained from the winter intersession classes.
Learning on Zoom will never be as effective as learning in person, but I do enjoy online classes. Online classes provide me with more time in the day to do homework and there isn’t the stress of trying to find a seat in a big lecture hall. I have learned to become more organized and prioritize my time better because in addition to 18 credit hours, I seem to be doing 20 other club related activities. What is relaxing and a sense of peace? I don’t know her.
I am very grateful for the two in-person classes I do have because it gives me a chance to get out of my room and see campus. I am taking a camera production class this semester and it is one of my favorite classes. I am so glad that we are still able to work on our camera skills using the campus’s resources and labs.
I am very ready for this semester to be done, but I am also ready for the pandemic to be done (hopefully fall 2021?) so that we can get back to a normal campus life. I am ready to be back to having in-person classes and actually meeting people face-to-face.