Zoom and Gloom: Online school not all it is cracked up to be

Zoom and Gloom: Online school not all it is cracked up to be
By: Jake Janus ‘24

When a Cadet is sick, quarantined, even suspended or stuck at home for any reason, what does his day look like? Does he just sit around all day, does he get on a Zoom call or does he receive work from his teachers?

Initially, most Cadets think of it as an unexpected little holiday. “I woke up and put on comfortable clothes,” stated sophomore John Janus (brother of reporter). “I still go to my online classes, except [I am] cozied up with a hot meal and a comfy sweatshirt on.”

At the end of the day, though, in-person school is far more enriching than trying to participate from home.

Those who are a little green around the gills still have the option to get on Zoom calls so they can actively participate in class, although they aren't getting the full learning experience they would get if they were to be in school. "I feel like I'm not learning as much as I would if I were there," proclaimed Janus. "It suffices, and I am at least caught up on the same material as my classmates. Although, I feel I am not getting a good experience; I am learning from an isolated bubble."

The virtual patients do miss their classmates, friends and sports. Apparently it is hard to catch a football through a computer screen. The wards at home, although enjoying a uniform break, usually find themselves wishing they were back with their peers. "I always seem to find myself wishing I was back at school," expressed Janus. "I also don't like having to make up tests and quizzes."

Regardless of catching up on classwork when home ridden, it is customarily burdensome and arduous to take a test or quiz while online. So when Cadets arrive back to school in person they tend to get bombarded with major tests and quizzes vital for their grades. "I hate when I get back and have loads of work to do," remarked Janus. "I always beg my friends for pictures of worksheets I was unable to view online."

In many instances the secluded Cadets are unable to access everything they need online, so they end up pelting their friends with requests for worksheets or textbook pages they were unable to complete at home. The routine of quarantine is rather dull. The stuck-at-home Cadets wake up, shower, make breakfast and head to their online school station. They spend most of their days in chairs, often mindlessly munching on snacks. "I don't have that much to say about what I do in a day of online school," noted Janus. "I [kind of] just open my laptop and do whatever schoolwork gets assigned to me. Online school is not something I would wish on other Cadets. [It is] not awful, but [it is] not better than in-person school. I miss my friends and always feel as if I am lagging behind just a tad. I wish the best to all Benedictine students stuck learning at home. I hope they all succeed regardless of their substandard schooling experience."


Zoom and Gloom: Online school not all it is cracked up to be
Zoom and Gloom: Online school not all it is cracked up to be

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