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Strake Jesuit freshman Cristian Barinaga works on schoolwork at home.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory made the switch from in-person learning on campus to online learning. The online learning started after Spring Break on March 24 and will last until the end of the school year on May 22. With the school already halfway through the online part of the spring semester, students have adapted and are thriving in this new learning environment.
When Strake Jesuit announced the change to online learning, some students assumed that classes would be less intense.
“I expected online learning to be very laid back with only assignments that were necessary being given,” said Strake Jesuit freshman Cristian Barinaga.
That has not been the case, as most teachers have been able to effectively adapt their curriculum. Now that school is five weeks into online learning, students are making the most of their new routine.
“My online learning experience has actually been fun being able to learn as a Strake Jesuit student, as well as be home with my family,” said Strake Jesuit freshman Niko Dalal.
Strake Jesuit students communicate with their teacher in an online classroom using Zoom.
However, virtual learning in Zoom classrooms has its pros and cons.
“The biggest pro of online learning is that the schedule is much more flexible, as we only need to complete assignments and Zoom call for small periods of time,” said Barinaga.
“The biggest con of online learning is [missing] conversations with your fellow classmates on topics in the classroom,” said Dalal.
Students seem to be adapting to doing all of their coursework at home.
“Doing my work from home has been both easier and harder; it is easier because there is less work and more time to do it, but it is also harder since it is easy to get caught up in other things at home like games and hobbies,” said Barinaga.
Online learning has made the Strake Jesuit community feel quite different due to the separation of students.
“I miss the community and social aspect at Strake that is hard to grasp due to distance learning,” said Barinaga.
Students now have much more free time to do what they want. Even though the class schedule remains the same, some classes are shorter and there is no time spent commuting to and from school or participating in school extracurriculars.
“In my free time, I might play video games with friends or play sports outside,” said Dalal.