There is a problem.
There is a problem if you choose to take courses based on the legitimacy and proficiency of a professor at the expense of your own academic passions and interests.
There is a problem if you feel the need to rely on Rate My Professor during your enrollment period.
There is a problem if your professor shows up to class unprepared. Meanwhile, you are expected to come with videos watched, articles read, pristine notes taken and a moderate understanding of the day's lesson before it has even begun.
There is a problem if your professor holds their office hours on Zoom in their car and rushes you off the phone when you need legitimate help.
There is a problem if the post-COVID-19 era has made it "okay" for you to be getting the bulk of your education from YouTube videos or pre-recorded lectures.
And I know we all acknowledge the problem. It's table talk. Chit chat. Merely gossip. But it never leaves the quarters of your comforting and confined lunch spot.
And this isn't just a minuscule complaint or a minor inconvenience. This is your education — the thing that gets the most of your time, your attention and your money.
There is a problem, and just because you feel like your voice won't be heard is no excuse to keep your mouth shut. Because I promise, you are not alone. And it's time we start talking about it.