Recently I have had the opportunity to attend in-person labs for two of my classes, Hydrogeology and Environmental Methods.
Recently I have had the opportunity to attend in-person labs for two of my classes, Hydrogeology and Environmental Methods. After a year of online learning, I think the best way to describe being in-person is that it was weird.
I’d forgotten a lot of the little details about being in-person, such as how long it takes to walk to class (longer than it takes to log onto a zoom meeting) and how it’s always really warm inside Rieke. There were some details that were new, like not being able to eat or drink water during class. One of my roommates attended Hydrogeology in person with me. When we normally would have sat next to each other we now sat six feet apart. Whenever we did stand close to each other, I felt like I had to explain that we live together and it’s safe for us to not be distanced.
Despite the worry of COVID hanging in the back of my mind, it was also really nice to be in person. For both classes, it was my first time getting to meet and learn from the professors in person. It was my first time seeing my classmates in person in over a year, and some of them I was meeting for the first time. I got to sieve sediment and see experiments happening in person instead of on my computer screen. I also got to go to the Parkland Prairie and put on some waders and search for benthic macroinvertebrates. I might have accidentally made one flatworm into two flatworms while trying to pick it up with forceps, but they can regenerate so it’s probably fine. In my defense, I’m used to working with rocks.
I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to participate in in-person classes, especially since they aren’t an option for everyone right now. I look forward to hopefully being able to go to a few more in-person labs over the course of this semester, and hopefully I will figure out when I need to leave my apartment so I am not late or just barely on time.
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