After more than a week of winter weather and multiple virtual instruction snow days at EKU, we asked students what they think about the new way of instruction on snow days. 

Ashton Jernigan, freshman, nursing major

Ashton Jernigan, freshman, nursing major 

“These past two semesters have been anything but normal! Thus, due to the shift from regular learning to a predominantly virtual forum, it only makes sense to implement virtual instruction on snow days. Because most students have had to deal with hybrid classes and asynchronous classes, I believe we are all well prepared to handle virtual instruction when it is not safe to visit campus. Besides, I would much rather sit at home, on Zoom with a blanket and hot coffee, than stress about missing important lectures and pushing schedules back due to weather! It simply just makes sense to me, especially because many of us are already very comfortable with virtual instruction.”

Christian Bustos, sophomore, broadcasting & electronic media and Spanish major

Christian Bustos, sophomore, broadcasting & electronic media and Spanish major  

“If I have to be honest, I don't like it. It defeats the purpose of a snow day. I only have one class that's in person this semester, and it's one of my major courses that I need to take.  It's much harder to have that class online compared to what it is right now. It's an adjustment that not every student is going to like."

Kam Powell, junior, child and family studies major

Kam Powell, junior, child and family studies major  

“I am a little upset about the idea of never getting another snow day. However, in years past, a snow day has set us behind and we would have to make it up in other class periods or through assignments. And for me personally, I love my classes, so I do not mind. But yes, like most others I would enjoy a full snow day with no class.”

Ella Johnson, senior, English major

Ella Johnson, senior, English major  

“It takes the fun out of snow days, but I understand how it's a necessary thing. It's better than missing instruction totally, and after so much virtual learning, I don't mind it."

Raquel Montalvo Perez, graduate student, master in sports administration

Raquel Montalvo Perez, graduate student, master in sports administration  

“Having the possibility to keep advancing in classes this semester even when the university is closed due to forecast feels good. Back in my home country (Bolivia) we don’t have all the technology available to do this. So, I feel grateful that we can still take advantage of our time here at Eastern. Now, we can always improve on the virtual delivery of some classes, and I believe that faculty as well as students should take full advantage of Blackboard.”

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