As a Student one of the most important questions you must ask yourself is what type of learner you are. Personally, through my time as a college student I have learned that I’m a mixture of kinesthetic and visual learning, which in short means I learn the best through example and direct practice. Which complements my major very well . As an engineering student I often find no shortage of opportunities to learn in my most preferred style of education giving me a strong sense of confidence that I chose the right career path. However, with the good comes the bad, I’ve learned that it seems that I’m very rigid on how I absorb knowledge as well. Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent move to machine learning my effective learning has taken a big hit. Ironically it seems the engineering isn’t good at computer leaning, A fact that is no doubt noticed by my colleagues and department.
Though the hardships my education and my GPA will face this semester is somewhat overwhelming, in a way I’ve come out with something in the end. That being the education I did manage to get and a new fondness of my major studies. It may have come at some point because it will always be worth trying. For those efforts I’ve come out with knowledge on types of writings like bibliographies and brilliant minds such as Noem Chomsky through research done for said bibliography. As well as interesting challenges I can partake in like the lipogram. To me a class should give you the tools to do the subject yourself. All this can come quite handy in my future endeavors in writing those I don’t have much need for such things in my engineering reports. It could very much come in hadingy if I were to write informative responses to those outside my field. Additionally it is always good to have such knowledge even when you don’t use it yourself it would always be passed on or used in identifying said tricks in the writhing or others. Improvement while not always explosive, it may be incremental but should always be sought out. It is how we move forward as a person.
Covid-19 or Coronavirus has truly shaken everything up, it seems everyone had their normal everyday life affected. Nobody was spared such a drastic and sudden shift in norms, not even I, an introvert that goes out very little and feels no need to have my existence validated by others(my cynical way of saying I have no need for regular social interaction) was drastically affected by this circumstance. I mean I was built for this right? All I need is food, water and the internet to sustain myself. However, when everything goes wrong for society, nobody is spread. From family falling ill to online learning it goes to show the world doesn’t stop even now.
An impotent question I have been asking myself since the pandemic started is who will be after the pandemic. There’s no doubt that I will in fact see the day where the pandemic is over, a fact that was never in doubt but who will this experience change me as not just as a person but as a student. As an engineering student, in person lab and manual construction with tools is a necessary part of my education. So having distance learning certainly hurts that aspect of my education. However on that same note I’ve noticed that even professors have been suffering as well due to the online distance learning. For some professors it seems that without the confirmation of actually physically seeing you students it breeds these feelings of disassociation and loneliness. As I’ve noticed some have even grown complacent in their situation, I would go as far as to say some seem depressed. But what more can i expect as it feels like the career you’ve chosen in place in radically new position that you are no longer satisfied with, as your only reperceive that being you students and co-workers has been taken from you. And those very students grief stricken by the and stuck in a malaise of uncaring, bubble of stress just perpetuates this feeling of isolation. It’s just an uninspiring situation but, we endure anyways. But we must go on for these experiences we gain for our hardships that make us stronger for the trials we will face ahead in our life, professor and student alike. Because in the end where are all students till the day we die. I can only hope that my efforts are not in vain but it’s always worth trying in my eyes, even if failure is a certainty.
Those who would call themselves wise might say that “we are cursed to live through interesting times”, a trite and insufferable statement to make themselves seem wise or proficient. But they are ultimately correct that we would live on the cusp of a great change again for better and for worse. I believe they were experiencing a metaphorical powder keg and when it explodes it’s up to us to see who we want to be after the dust settles.