Nobody expected the appearance of a global pandemic during this time, and I don’t think our school systems were either. The sudden switch to a completely online curriculum has caught some people off the back of their feet. In my personal opinion, I feel quite a few of my professors definitely seem stronger giving lectures and assignments in person. I want to give you my personal feelings towards the whole online system and some words of advice that will hopefully help you in your own journey in college.
It has well been into the fall quarter now and college has been progressing steadily. Maybe it’s because it’s distance learning. Maybe because it’s just the first quarter. The workload given is very contrasting to what everyone told me it would be like. I’ve read from books, heard from friends, and heard from seniors that I will typically be sitting behind a desk for like thirty hours a week doing homework, studying, and such, however, this has not been the case for me. Sure it also probably depends on your classes and major, however I think I have found a way to ensure you don’t want to be at the end of a noose by Sunday night realizing you haven’t finished any homework.
For everything that it was worth, I never knew college applications would be so goddamn difficult. Growing up in California, I never felt the drive of other students from other states and countries to get into the schools offered in Cali. It was shocking when I received four denial letters from the four UC’s I applied to. In the end, it all worked out with being accepted to Cal Poly, which I think is just the right kind of college for me. However, being left without many options is something you never want. I hope that I can provide something of value by telling you the tales of my experience in high school and college so when you go down your path to higher education you don’t make the same mistakes I made.