For many, the end of the semester marks a time of reflection. The sophomore class has technically been in college for the last three semesters, but after last year's COVID-19 cancellations, this feels like the first.
Like many in my class, I spent my freshman year behind a blank Zoom screen on an empty campus.
This year has been our first time experiencing the typical college functions: in-person classes, eating at the Bottom of Lenoir, fraternity parties and walking across the quad.
Here’s my review of the first “real” college semester:
The return to in-person classes was not without controversy. Yet, it was the right move. Personally, it has been a world's difference in learning, focusing and retaining information — face-to-face with a professor.
Forming new friendships and meeting people who share similar passions has been one of the most exciting parts of my semester. Additionally, some professors have utilized their COVID-19 broadcasting experience to record to hold an online option for class. More options have made it easier than ever to access lectures.
Admittedly, while it was much easier to roll over in bed, fire up Zoom and sit behind a blank screen for 50 minutes, in-person classes have my vote.