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Opinion: Remote learning in the eyes of a parent

Picture of books and laptop on a bedroom floor with the caption “Remote Learning: Thoughts from a UMass Parent"

An inevitable sense of disappointment stays with us as thousands of students transition from their once in-person classes to remote learning at home following the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as disappointing as it may be, administrations across the country continue to make these decisions for the greater good of each campus’s student body and faculty. After returning home to my small southwestern Connecticut home, I wondered how parents perceive the effects of the outbreak, including students coming home to finish their semester. So, I asked my mom how she felt about UMass's new remote, online learning.

Transitioning to Online Learning

Screenshot of a Zoom meeting with text: "My Transition to Online Learning"

Truthfully, I came into online learning rather skeptical. I have very little experience with Zoom, the online video platform UMass students are using to attend class, and could not imagine how this would function normally. I am so used to physically attending class. How could I possibly focus, or even have the drive, to attend class remotely? I had my doubts about how seamless this transition would be. 

Social Distancing 101: Staying Safe as a Student

A photo of the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus with the text, Social Distancing 101: Staying Safe as a Student.

With everything that is going on in the world, the term “social distancing”, is used now more than ever. Truthfully, before what is currently happening, I did not even know that social distancing was a term let alone how crucial it would be to our wellbeing. So, what is social distancing? As defined by Johns Hopkins Medicine, social distancing is “deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness”. Now, more than ever, we must follow the guidelines imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even if we feel like it is inconvenient or “boring”. 

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