This is an opinion columnn
The only thing separating us from enjoying this year’s extended Christmas break is finals week. A week of studying, worrying and preparing to take a test to measure your success throughout the semester. To some, finals might be a breeze. If you are one of those people, consider yourselves so very lucky.
However, if you’re anything like me, you’re one of those people who dread taking tests. When I signed up for classes this semester, there was even more concerned because of the uncertainty of virtual classes.
Since I learn best in “in-person” classes; finals week was dreaded all semester long. In the past, I have heavily relied on physically being in class to retain the information. I could read the textbook and complete homework assignments; but nothing worked as well as attending class.
Covid-19 took that opportunity from me. Virtual classes posed a challenge for me. I had to pay attention to my phone or laptop screen for an hour, fighting off the urge to go on social media or fall asleep. At first, virtual school was challenging.
As the semester went on, I grew accustomed to virtual schooling. I set alarms for all my class times and converted my downstairs living room into my personal classroom.
All the stressing and worrying was unnecessary. For the first time in my college career, all my professors required a final paper instead of a final exam. This took a weight off my shoulders.
Instead of wondering what information would be on the final; I was concerned with the content being learned. I knew that I would not be judged on my ability to memorize notes, but on the “real life” application of lessons learned.
For example, I did not have to spend hours staring at a computer screen trying to memorize vocabulary terms. I did not necessarily have to remember the definition, but I had to know which situations to use the term in. Being able to apply the curriculum in everyday life is a great skill for new graduates entering the workforce to know.
Edited by John H. Glenn