From the spring of 2020 to the fall of 2021, Creighton has undergone various mediums of education. The novel world of online and hybrid learning has been noteworthy in its execution and implementation in schools across the country, including here at Creighton.

For some navigating the past few semesters has been difficult, while others found the new platforms and systems to be more helpful than detrimental to their learning.

Now that Creighton is fully back to in-person classes, some may wonder or perhaps want to utilize the newfound technological assets such as Zoom that were prevalent during the early stages of COVID.

Emily Atamov, a College of Arts and Sciences sophomore, explained why she preferred online learning compared to in-person learning.

“I prefer online learning because you are essentially the boss of your own schedule,” Atamov said. “Being able to go back and watch the recorded lecture even if I did attend the Zoom or in-person class is helpful for active recall.”

Cheyne Santos, a College of Arts and Sciences junior, shared her insights on why she prefers in-person classes.

“I like in-person because I learn the class material better,” Santos said. “Also, I feel like establishing connections with my classmates and my professors is a lot easier and more personable.”

Though online and hybrid learning have their perks, there are also cons that come with them as well.

“I feel like if we were hybrid, it would be really hard on the professors to teach a half online or half in-person class,” Santos said. “I think professors would be handicapped and limited in that way so the overall quality of education would be lowered.”

College of Nursing junior, Leanna Tarongoy, said how she feels more socially responsible to pay attention during in-person classes.

“I’m not as motivated online, whereas in-person I felt a little more accountable and more motivated to stay engaged in the class,” said Tarongoy.

With the conversations of online versus in-person learning, university students across the nation may have felt robbed of the college experience when dealing with heavy restrictions during the past academic years.

“I feel like I would’ve missed out on the college experience if we weren’t able to come back to school for a semester or two,” Santos said. “I’m glad Creighton made it possible for us to come back last year with that reason in mind.”

Atamov also reflected on what the college experience meant to her.

“I understand how some people may think they are missing out on the college experience, but it doesn’t really affect or matter all that much to me in my personal opinion,” Atamov said. “I think it just comes down to perspective and what you make it out to be at the end of the day.”

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