Photo courtesy of Sofia Stemberga
The Catalyst (TC): What is a typical day of school like for you?
Sofia Stemberga (SS): Well, usually, we have weekly assignments that are posted on Canvas, so I check every single day [in] my emails and I check my live agenda. Usually, I have a few assignments for each class to do, like on a weekly basis, it’s not a daily thing.
TC: How are you coping with social distancing and keeping in touch with your friends?
SS: I spend a lot of time with my family to begin with, so I think it’s just important that everybody takes this seriously and doesn’t try to go out as much. But, basically, I FaceTime and use a lot of social media.
TC: Do you prefer online learning or on-campus learning?
SS: I think there are benefits in both. For online school, it is a lot more time management and being independent, but I think it’s more important to have physical, face-to-face interaction with teachers and other students because, like I said, we don’t really have daily classes… For my classes at least, it’s weekly things. I’m not getting the interaction I think is necessary for students, for classes [if] I were to be in school.