A Virtual Perspective
by Camille Alexander and Shawn McClenahan
If you would have asked senior Case Butchelle to picture how the start of his senior year would look, he probably wouldn’t have seen himself sitting at home, joining his classmates via livestream from the comfort of his couch. But for students like Case, many found themselves having to make a choice in August regarding their education.
For Case, remote learning is a big adjustment. Though he does not feel like he is missing out on anything socially, Case wishes he could obtain the same learning experience that his peers in the classroom receive.
“I prefer in-person learning. Having the materials I need physically in front of me is a big advantage that I took for granted,” he notes.
On top of the challenges that come with adjusting to remote learning, Case struggles with the technological aspect. “I like the relaxing, comfortable part of remote learning and being at home,” starts Case. “However, that is canceled out by how stressful it can be at times, like when technology won’t cooperate.”
Senior Tommy George agrees. “I prefer in-person learning because I am able to interact with the teacher more and it is easier to ask questions. I feel like it is easy to fall behind because I am less likely to ask the teacher questions as a remote learner.”
Like many other remote learners, Tommy has been contemplating what his future will entail. For Tommy, his home-based education may not be permanent. He discusses, “I am doing remote learning for the first nine weeks to limit contact with other students. I feel my golf season would be in jeopardy if I were to return to school and have the possibility of having to quarantine. I plan on being present in the classroom for the rest of the year.”
While Tommy enjoys not having to put effort into getting ready for school, he faces other challenges while learning at home. “I do feel like I am missing the classroom interaction and being around my fellow peers,” he notes. “With that said, the time I have had away from my peers has forced me to be more thankful for them.”
Tristan Parker, senior, found herself in a unique situation of becoming a temporary remote learner because of possible exposure. Her time at home solidified her opinion of distance learning.
“It’s more difficult for me to retain information when I’m alone at my computer,” Tristan elaborates. “I feel like I missed out on things being online. I would much rather be in school seeing all of my friends and teachers than be by myself, especially for my senior year”
Genny McCormick’s story is much different, though. She finds distance learning to be the perfect fit for her.
Looking at the glass half full, Genny enjoys the freedom that comes with remote learning. “I prefer online education because if I get my work done and want to go to Dunkin’ in the middle of the day, I can.”
The year 2020 has constantly forced people to adjust to their surroundings, and online school is no exemption. Regardless of their feelings toward their new education style, remote learners have to face the trials, tribulations, and benefits of learning from home.