By: Angelique Doty
The world-wide pandemic has sparked global controversy over the way education is delivered for instructors to practice their expertise so students can gain the most knowledge and skills paid for by their tuition. The severe dangers from in-person classes since the increase in COVID-19 cases sparked fiery opinions arguing for and against face-to-face classes versus remote instruction. Arguments ignited regarding the quality of this new remote style education system.
Some of the benefits for this new remote lifestyle include saving money on housing and meal plan for students such as myself that would have had to live on campus. Virtual education can also especially help students from low income households to save money, who may struggle to afford tuition even with financial aid. Psychologically, the aftereffects caused by the pandemic may take a toll on everyone across the globe emotionally since human beings are social creatures and this remote lifestyle restricts the human contact we all long for. However, the alternative to this safe lifestyle is risking not only your own life but friends and family because you could possibly spread the virus to them if you become infected. UOP is doing its best to reduce the destruction in the aftermath of this pandemic by enforcing this remote educational system.
This new remote style of education worked ideally for my double major in English and Media X, since many of my classes are either discussion based, which can be achieved virtually, or project based, which all my professors accommodate at-home completion. Last semester in my Film Production class, my professor was accommodating to alter the film assignments considering the shutdown’s limit on students’ access to the professional camera equipment and social distancing preventing actors’ willingness to participate. Even with one year left at UOP, I have received strong assurance from both Media X and English professors that they are willing to work with me to accommodate this new remote lifestyle for the fall semester. I even received an email from my career advisor just checking in to make sure I’m doing well and offering her assistance to ensure my upmost comfort with the new remote educational system. Whenever I meet virtually with the career advisors their first question is checking in on my well-being to make sure I’m handling this nationwide trauma the best way possible. It’s clear to me that the faculty and staff from these departments have the students’ health and safety as well as their own as their first priority in spite of UOP’s financial sacrifice to make these dramatic changes to the educational structure.