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36 Thoughts During an Online Lecture

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UW Stout chapter.

One of the many things college students have been asked to adjust to over the past several weeks is the move to online classes. They’re…not great. Professors are trying their best, but it is a tall order to recreate the classroom environment over a video sharing platform. Here are some thoughts from the front line:

  1. How is it class time already?
  2. I woke up 5 minutes ago
  3. Am I supposed to join these meetings before class starts?
  4. It’s a miracle I remembered which streaming service we’re supposed to use
  5. How did everyone get so obsessed with Zoom overnight?
  6. Is this the class I have to turn my camera on?
  7. Nobody wants to see my post 16-hour nap look
  8. Is it cool if I just mute myself the entire time?
  9. I kind of just want to eat through this lecture
  10. Is that in bad taste?
  11. The spaghetti would taste good
  12. Probably worth it
  13. I’ll be golden if I just go and mute myself
  14. Would my professor even care at this point?
  15. I remember him being so engaging in lecture
  16. Now I can barely hear what he’s saying
  17. What’s that noise?
  18. Was that a bong hit?
  19. Someone is actually doing drugs right now?
  20. I just wanted to eat spaghetti, but you do you bro
  21. And we’re just gonna pretend that didn’t happen
  22. This is just our reality now
  23. Must resist the urge to check social media
  24. Was that my phone?
  25. Another Instagram Live notification about Reggie Watts
  26. Who isn’t doing an Instagram Live at this point?
  27. We’ve got a million hours left of self-isolation and what else are we supposed to do?
  28. It’s hard to believe how adamantly opposed I was about being on my computer in class before
  29. Multi-tasking makes learning impossible, but now all I wanna do is multi-task
  30. Is that a person walking outside?
  31. My dogs are gonna lose it
  32. I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t barking
  33. I have no idea what’s going on
  34. What’s the etiquette with thanking our professor when he finishes lecture?
  35. What’s the etiquette on just dipping out when he stops talking?
  36. This was productive

At least Finals Week should be a little less stressful, right?

Stephanie Zengler is a Business Administration major and Communication Studies minor, and she completely understands if you think her last name is actually Ziegler. Like a lot of business majors, Stephanie has a favorite Andrew Carnegie quote, and like a good communication minor, has very strong opinions on the Oxford comma. Aside from being a Stout student, Stephanie is an avid fan of Bay Area sports, Fleetwood Mac, and the amazingly perfect show Dollface.