As we head into this “new normal” of pandemic life, we have to hopefully say goodbye to our dear friend — Zoom University (may she rest in peace). Zoom has been with us throughout the pandemic. Although we are happy to give up our online education, there are aspects of this method we will greatly miss.
In memoriam to Zoom University, here is what the Editorial Board will miss most:
Rolling out of bed five minutes before class
The only time it is enjoyable to walk around campus is the few days a year when the crisp autumn air brushes our face at a refreshing 65 degrees.The rest of the time it's either so hot you feel like your organs are cooking, or so cold you might as well be attending the University of Alaska.
Sitting comfortably in air conditioning or heat for all of our classes instead of having to experience the effects of climate change is something many of us are already missing — especially with in-person learning starting during Chapel Hill’s hottest months.
Home-cooked meals during the school day
Whether you moved back home or stayed in your own apartment, you always had easy access to a fridge. Any time you were hungry or thirsty, you could just walk a few feet and pick something up — you may have even done it during class sometimes.
Unfortunately, now we have to actually plan our meals since we will be out and about on campus for most of our days. Do we schedule a lunch break? Do we bring our own food? What time should we eat? These are all questions the end of Zoom forces us to reconsider.