As the fall quarter comes to an end, one thing is clear; many Clark students are stressed and frustrated.
Students are frustrated with their college experience amidst the ongoing pandemic. Some are frustrated with their professors, some feel they are missing out on the college experience and others are frustrated with the lack of available resources during this challenging time.
This is Clark’s third quarter of remote learning as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. Earlier this month, Clark announced that it will remain in remote operations for the remainder of the school year.
With the college’s recent announcement, many students believe that tuition should be lowered because they’re not receiving the quality of education they had originally hoped for.
Ashley Paine, a natural resources major, said she’s frustrated about paying for a hands-on education that she’s not receiving.
“I paid extra for a class fee because originally we were supposed to go on a weekend-long field trip but, because of COVID, it was canceled… I wouldn’t mind paying if we got to go on the field trip, but we didn’t go and a $150 extra class fee is a lot to pay,” she said.
Clark student Ceaira Jones’ frustrations lie with the college not providing enough accessible resources to students as well as ensuring that students are aware of these resources.
“I think honestly more resources should be provided especially in regards to emotional health, housing, food, etc.…” Jones said. “But the accessibility has to be established first.”
She said lowering tuition is the first step for the college to do their part in relieving a lot of financial burdens students are facing, especially during these times.
Clark students who may be struggling have access to 10 free counseling sessions, the penguin pantry for supplies and food support, as well as emergency grants to help lift financial burdens.
Other students, like Cooper Dunlap, are essential workers who have been asked to take on extra shifts because of the pandemic. Dunlap feels that it’s unfair for professors to grade attendance for online classes.
He said that it shouldn’t matter the time someone attends a lecture as long as they continue to do their classwork or not, but it should be their choice.
“We shouldn’t be penalized for wanting to continue our education while having to work extra shifts during a pandemic,” Dunlap said.
Many students feel professors have been tougher these past few quarters to make up for the online aspect.
“It depends on the professor and how they want to run it, some think it’s a hoax and some think since we’re online we can take on more,” Paine said.