Surviving an Online Class

One excellent aspect of LMU is the wide variety of classes that are available to its students, both graduate and undergraduate. Online classes are a way for students to take classes if they are unable to take the class in a regular classroom setting.  I tested out of freshman English due to my ACT score and I was able to take English 210, which is normally the class that sophomores take to fulfill their English requirements. Because the class is mainly for sophomores and required classes fill up quickly, it was unlikely that I would be able to take it as a regular class. When I registered for classes for the first time, I learned that I would need to take my English class this semester online for that reason.

The one drawback I have experienced from taking an online class is that my classmates, instructor, and I communicate only through discussion posts. I thrive in an environment where I can have face-to-face discussions with my professor and classmates while being able to freely get clarification or add my input easily. It was a bit difficult for me to adjust in the first few weeks of taking English 210 since that is how I learn best. After some time, though, I found myself enjoying my online class more than I ever thought I would.

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In New Territory

Being a freshman at LMU means being exposed to a variety of new experiences, with one of the most obvious and, perhaps, the most anxiety-provoking being academics. With general education requirements looming over each hopeful graduate’s head, every student is urged to get those requirements completed as soon as possible so that they¬† can be exposed to a variety of subjects early. It is also advised to get general education requirements out of the way early so that the later years of a student’s undergraduate education can be focused on the areas that the student is majoring and minoring in. With these in mind and help from my adviser, we decided to get most of my required classes out of the way my first semester. This meant taking a few classes that I already had some experience with, such as history and statistics, but it also meant that I had to be ready to delve much deeper into topics I had little or no knowledge of. Two of those topics, Chemistry and French, have offered me so much more than what is taught in the classroom.

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