March 5, 2021

Looking forward to students’ Spring semester plans

Capital University has disclosed to the student body what the spring semester is going to look like in terms of classes, regulations, and the initial plan that Capital is going to follow. 

With that, students with a varying array of majors and college experience have mostly made up their minds about what they plan to do once the university opens its doors in early January. 

One trend was consistent across the board. Students either want to be completely online or completely in-person throughout the entirety of the semester.

It is clear that the hybrid way of learning is not favored among the students at Capital University. 

On average, this semester seemed to be about a C- in terms of overall quality from several students. This was mainly the result of the extensive use of the hybrid learning system. 

Kayleigh Noecker, third-year early childhood education major said, “I would rate it like a seven, just with it being and COVID, especially with professors trying to transition, as well as us transitioning to online classes.”

However, some students have said that they do intend to return to campus once the spring semester comes into focus.

“I will be back in the spring, just because I think I focus a little bit better when I am on campus rather than when I am at home,” Olivia Carruthers, second-year music education major said.  “I have a younger brother [who] is doing school from home, both [of] my parents are working from home and we have a puppy so it is really hard to focus there.”

This is one reason Capital needs to try to have classes and other aspects of college be as traditional as possible. 

Rhyleigh Hilyard, first-year psychology, sociology, and criminology triple-major said, “I know if I take too much [of a] time gap [from school] then it is going to be hard to put myself back into it. It is easier to keep the same flow, even if it is a weird flow.”

A pattern is emerging here. Consistency is key to the quality of the semester for students. Going from fully online to hybrid, in general, is hindering enough. 

Carruthers said, “This semester has been harder than most semesters just because of trying to figure out schedules being different each week and the fact that it has been online anyways.”

However, knowing which classes are online, hybrid, or in-person, does not seem to have much effect on which ones are taken.

Capital students are hoping for things to go back to as normal as possible, but are faced with the reality that this has become the new normal for a while. 

  • Josh Conturo is a reporter for the Chimes and a sophomore studying emerging media with an emphasis on journalism, and loves all things related to cars, coffee, and comedy.

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