When I was in middle school, I often heard teachers talk about how wonderful university life is, and I can freely arrange class time, and I don’t need to get up at 5 or 6 o’clock to freshen up and prepare to go to school for class. It sounds like we don’t have to get up so early and can arrange class time freely. Of course, we are beginning to look forward to the beautiful life of the university. Thinking about it, what a wonderful life it will be if we can get rid of it for a while! However, is university life really as beautiful as we imagined?
After I graduated from middle school, I chose the school and looked for the fastest start date to go to college. Because I was afraid that I would not want to continue studying after I idled around at home for a period of time. I also held the idea of finishing college early and leaving society early, and I didn't want to come out of society too late. Before the start of school, the school has a one-week orientation week, which is a place for us freshmen to adapt to the school, understand the school environment and make new friends. I was lucky, I met two good friends who were in the same course as me during the orientation week. After some chatting, we both found that we were not only in the same course, we were even classmates in the same class. Naturally, we also became members of the same group on group assignments.
When we first entered the university, we couldn't choose our own timetable at the beginning. All the time was arranged by the school and we went to class according to the time. Because we can't choose the time for ourselves, some classes may be far away from the gap between classes, and some will immediately pick up a class and continue the class, resulting in different meal time or rest time. Or maybe the middle school teacher said before that you don’t need to bring textbooks to class, you just need to take a laptop to attend classes. I can only say that the teachers at the school I attended suggested that we print out our notes. Because this way the teacher can avoid the students playing games on the laptop instead of attending the class.
When I hadn't enjoyed enough of my college life, the epidemic suddenly broke out! Control orders have been implemented across the country, no crossing counties and states, no work, etc. So, I homeschooled for 2 years, if not longer. During the days of studying at home, it is impossible to chat with friends, and even the discussion of group assignments has become a problem encountered by each group. We, who are not used to using computers for class, have also become obstacles to keeping up with the progress. However, the only advantage of online classes is that the teacher has recorded the classroom teaching for us, so we can listen to the lessons taught by the teacher again.
In my college life, physical classes are not only different from what the middle school teachers said, but also different from all college students who graduated before 2019. After all, they have never tried online classes! All in all, I feel that my college experience is different from others, and I am also very grateful to have experienced college without needing to hear from others how his college life is.