Lansing Community College students are facing a challenge that they have never seen, with classes moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
LCC joins Michigan State University in running the fall semester virtually. But the change to online learning raises concerns for some students.
“I’m not a huge fan of online classes,” said Kiann Allen, a Lansing Community College junior. “They make me work harder and make me have less motivation to do them if I don’t have someone there next to me.”
LCC student Devin Wilcox agrees.
“I prefer in-class lectures,” Wilcox said. “I can actually focus in class or spend time on campus to do homework for the same reason.”
Wilcox and Allen said despite the bad circumstances there are positives that have arisen from the decision to go virtual.
“I think one advantage to online classes is that even if you’re sick or can’t get to class, you can still go,” Allen said. “You may even save money on gas or bus passes in the process.”
Those savings can be substantial for students. A Capital Area Transportation Authority bus pass costs a student $18 per month, or $72 per semester. Allen said she spends $150 on transportation every two weeks.
Wilcox said online classes have also created an opportunity for students to look up information and learn at their own pace.
Despite their concerns, neither student is in a rush to get back to in-person classes.
“I would probably wait a semester or two before going back in person,” Allen said. “I honestly think I would be a little freaked out, but if things went OK then I would go back.”
The Ingham County Health Department reported 307 active cases of COVID-19 as of Oct. 14, with 4,048 confirmed cases and 57 deaths to date.
Wilcox was less hesitant on returning to in-person classes.
“I would definitely take classes on campus if offered,” Wilcox said. “I’d just have to make sure I do what I can to keep myself and others from getting sick.”