Rayael's update from UNC CHarlotte
"Organic Chemistry has made me rethink my major. I originally planned to attend medical school and become an OB-GYN. But now I'm not too sure..."
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I attended UNC Charlotte remotely from home due to COVID. Because I graduated high school with a diploma and an associate’s degree, I entered UNC as a junior, so I am taking upper division science classes with upperclassmen, who I find to be nicer than some of the freshmen and more willing to have group chats.
My first semester was pretty easy. Everyone was still adjusting to online classes and figuring out the best methods. My biggest adjustment was learning to let a bunch of strangers see my room during online classes.
My second semester, however, has been tougher. Online learning has made it difficult to meet with professors for help. For example, it’s not possible to just walk up to the teacher after class to ask a question. Instead, I have to attend office hours at specific times that often overlap with other classes.
The teachers are supportive and are doing their best, but it is often faster to rely on the textbook to get my questions answered than to wait for a professor to respond to an email. At least my independent study skills have improved!
What has been your favorite class so far?
My favorite class so far is ecology. The class has caused me to be more eco-friendly and to think about what I can do to reduce my carbon footprint and the amount of garbage I produce. In the future, I want to be able to grow my own food and rely less on grocery stores, and maybe even have a farm.
During the summer I plan to live at home, work, and take summer classes. Next semester I’m finally moving to Charlotte to live in an off-campus house with friends and build a garden. I will also have an on-campus work-study job in the veteran’s affairs office, working with people who are using VA benefits for school or parents who have concerns.
Are you happy with your college choice at this point in the school year?
Sometimes I wish I chose another school because I feel like an outsider, especially in the group chats. I tell myself maybe it’ll be different on campus. Academically, the school no longer offers some of the classes I want to take—such as marine biology and animal physiology. But I plan to finish my degree at UNC Charlotte, as I have only one more year left. I’m looking forward to actually being on campus next year and possibly salvaging the college experience I missed out on my first year.