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Last year, we wrote an article about why we hate doing classes online... so we might have jinxed things a little bit! With UVic mostly online for the foreseeable future, we’ve all had to adapt. We stand by everything we said, but it’s time for some optimism! So, here are a few reasons why online classes are great.

No commute!

You’re probably lying if you say that you enjoyed waking up every morning and stumbling to the bus stop, barely getting onto the crowded #4. Now you can roll out of bread, make breakfast and hop onto your morning Zoom call before you’ve finished your coffee. TLDR: you can finally sleep in.

Everything is in one place.

No more scrambling to find a pen or the right notebook and no more forgetting assignments at home. I, for one, am thrilled to be saving money on printer paper.

Passing notes is easier than ever.

Trying to text your friends in the middle of a class (which, be honest, you’ve done it) can be a bit of a hassle. Now you can simply have another window open for your group chat, where you can openly talk about that cute girl in the upper left corner of the call or complain about the guy who keeps interrupting you and saying, “Just to piggy-back off of that point…”

Freedom.

The best part of online classes? No more rules. You can wear whatever the hell you want. Pajamas, summer clothes, a full glam look? All perfectly acceptable! You can also have food in class, anytime. Have some pretzels and baby carrots, nobody cares if you chew loudly — just make sure you’re muted!

Of course, these things might not make you enjoy online classes, they certainly aren’t the ideal learning environment for everyone. This year will be an adjustment, but at least we go forward knowing that we’re all in this together (by staying a safe distance apart.)

Emma is a first-year graduate student at the University of Victoria. She's a pop-culture-obsessed filmmaker and aspiring video game designer. When she isn't writing for Her Campus or burning her eyes from staring at a screenplay that just isn't working, she's probably at home playing video games, watching movies (it's technically homework, she's studying them) or mindlessly scrolling through her TikTok feed.
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