As 2021 begins, students are ready to begin a brand new semester and reflect on their experience with virtual schooling. But for many students, this past year was full of trials and tribulations. It is safe to say that in 2021, most students aren’t doing well with a quarantined school, from learning the ins and outs of online schools to managing the balance between academics and work.
Online education is replete with disturbances that many people do not understand unless they have previously studied online. Among them is the workload.
Students work from 9 am to 3 pm, then have lunch for 30-45 minutes, followed by homework for two to three hours each day from Monday through Friday. At this rate, you spend a combined almost 8 hours on the computer. It's a long time to sit in front of a computer every day. Most school children had joked normal school felt like a jail, but it seems like virtual schooling is the real prison.
The mental health of students throughout the country can be summarized by three keywords: fatigued, unmotivated, and frustrated. Many students, as I mentioned, are becoming less engaged in the school lessons and disappointed to be in the same room doing the same activity every day. Another day at the online school feels practically unbearable because we know we will always encounter the same situation.
I spoke with Salena Witmer, a junior in SLA Beeber. She agreed with my opinion on online school. "Students in school every day under their regular conditions are struggling enough. But when you include in the equation online learning and a pandemic, it becomes a swarm of emotions that always greet you,” she laments.
“If it's low in energy, you don't expect a car to run. Why [not], therefore, expect these schools to do the same with their students?"