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Are Online Classes Ruining the Work Ethics of College Students?

Clarissa Poston

Posted on April 2, 2021 17:23

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With online classes and no need to wake up and go to campus, are some college students experiencing a decline in work ethic?

I am currently a junior in college, and my experience this year has differed significantly from that of previous years. All of my classes have been online, and I haven't had to go onto campus for the entirety of the semester. Although the format of classes (online, on-campus, and/or hybrid) varies from college to college, many of my friends have experienced the same class format as I have. A friend of mine in Virginia has online classes with virtual lectures; however, a friend of mine from Indiana has online classes that are completely asynchronous — there are no online lectures, and work is able to be completed on the student's time, as long as it is submitted by a certain due date.

Although I have online lectures that I'm required to attend, I feel as though this semester has lessened my work ethic by a bit. For example, when I had in-person classes I would wake up at eight in the morning on a daily basis, and continuously put hours and hours into my school work. However, now that I have nowhere to be, I've found myself sleeping in significantly more and wasting time on things that are not school-related.

Now, I don't want to make it sound as though my work ethic is completely diminished — that is not the case at all. However, I have definitely noticed myself putting forth less effort. This may be due, however, to the difference in workload. Both I and my friends have noticed that in online classes there seems to be a smaller amount of time and work required. Students are no longer required to complete assignments every day, nor are they required to participate in class discussions, etc. Instead, they can work at their own pace and submit work whenever it is convenient (again, as long as it is submitted by a certain date).

Because I can only assume that thousands of other college students have experienced a similar situation, I'm concerned about post-graduation life. Because these students may be experiencing a lessening of their work ethic, will they have a harder time maintaining a job outside of college? Will these students be able to bounce back and re-obtain their work ethics? Our generation is already considered "lazy" by older generations. We are told that we "don't have it as hard" as other generations have had it. Is this situation — online classes and lessening work ethic — giving others more ammunition to use against us?

Regardless of this, we, as college students, must remember that online classes will not always be our life. We must remember the hard work that goes into becoming successful in both school and work. We cannot allow online classes to disintegrate our work ethics. We cannot continue to be labeled the generation that "doesn't work for what they have."

Clarissa Poston

Posted on April 2, 2021 17:23

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