What started out as an extended spring break for Wesleyan students and faculty has turned into a distance learning experience that will last for the rest of the spring semester. Students, particularly seniors, are disappointed that they will not get to participate in many traditions that usually accompany the end of an academic year, but these strong Wesleyan Women are prevailing and continuing to find their voices and ways to share them.
"Converting everything to online learning was definitely a change I would not have predicted in a million years," said senior Rachel Solomon, an advertising and marketing communication major. "The faculty and staff at Wesleyan have conducted this operation in such a swift and smooth manner that it has made learning easier during this difficult time."
"My professors have been very involved and worked to make this transition smooth for all students. Overall, for me personally, the online learning is not too different from my normal classes," shared senior English and Spanish double major Allison Hunt.
Munroe Scholar and biology major Elspeth Hansen '21, said, "Online classes are a whole new world for me, but I'm eternally grateful for my professors who have consistently reached out and tried to make this as smooth as possible. I know this isn't what anyone wanted so it has been super comforting that my professors are making themselves more available."
"The most challenging part of this transition has honestly been the loss of personal connection," said English major Natalie Stallworth '21. "I miss waving at everyone in the Lane Center and student affairs as I pass their offices. Small classes are one of Wesleyan's best qualities, so I miss the class conversations. We are keeping in touch using Zoom and Google hangouts, but it isn't the same as sitting in the library doing homework together."
"As a whole, although this experience has been interesting and changed the course of my last semester at Wesleyan, it has definitely showcased the resilience of Wesleyan faculty, staff, and students," concluded Solomon.