Students at Indiana State University have all experienced the COVID-19 pandemic in a different way. Some may have struggled with online and hybrid classes, while some may have excelled at a higher level- and maybe each for a different reason. 

“My grades last semester were really good; better than normal. I think that was because I was able to learn at my own pace,” said Senior Applied Medicine major, Morgan Cazel.

“My grades were better than I expected. Online classes definitely had a positive impact on my grades. I believe my grades were better because I was able to work at my own pace,” says Junior Aviation Management major, Andrew Hernandez.

That may not be the case for all students at ISU, however. Cazel ponders how she will adjust back to in-person classes. 

“I think that it will be a little bit of a struggle to adjust back into complete in-person classes because we have been in hybrid classes for so long and haven’t been around so many people,” Cazel says. “Plus, now people are back to working and have other things going on in their lives again.”

The opposite is true for Hernandez: “I believe I will adjust back into in-person classes well. Especially with my major where everything is hands-on,” says Hernandez, “I think I will struggle with getting easily distracted by the other people in the classroom.”

Cazel reflects on the positive aspects of hybrid learning and in what ways she’s able to excel. 

“With the Hybrid schedule, and still, be able to get help from professors when we were in class.” Overall, each student has their own preference for which method of learning they like best.

“At the end of the day, I prefer in-person classes more because you can ask questions in class easier and the professor gets to know you better as a person than as a student,” says Hernandez.