Dispatches from Home Students in Reporting 30204 are writing about COVID-19 and its impact on TCU and students' home communities

With the first week of distance learning complete, TCU students experienced difficulties with the new online regimen that impacted their ability to adjust to their new classroom.

Finding a quiet place to work and overloaded WiFi connections are two common hurdles students have faced.

“One problem that I have encountered is with the Zoom platform kicking me out multiple times during class,” said Tiffany Nguyen, a senior supply chain major from Sachse, Texas. “This could be due to the fact that my WiFi at home is not the best since there are many devices in my house that are running on WiFi all at once.”

Tiffany Nguyen, left, attended a tea party at Colonial Country Club her first year at TCU. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Nguyen.

Nguyen said she has struggled with finding motivation and adjusting to this new type of learning system, but her professors have been very accomodating.

“Most of my professors send announcements to the class reminding us about our meetings and have been very transparent and honest with us,” Nguyen said.

As a graduating senior, Nguyen said her heart broke when she first heard the news that the university would be transitioning to distance learning for the rest of the semester.

“I saw it coming since other schools had made this decision, but had a very hard time accepting the fact that I would not be learning in a classroom setting at TCU ever again,” Nguyen said.

Finding a quiet place to work is the most challenging aspect of distance learning, said junior early childhood education major Savannah Bowman.

Savannah Bowman, left, attended TCU's Christmas firework show. Photo courtesy of Savannah Bowman.

“I don’t want to work in my bedroom and that leaves the dining room or the office, but with my entire family at home it is hard to find a place to work that isn’t interrupted,” said Bowman.

Bowman, who is from Georgetown, Texas, said this transition is not preferred or the smoothest and wishes she was at TCU spending time in the classroom with friends, but understands why it is necessary to keep us and our families safe.

Report by Shannon Murphy. Featured image courtesy of AP.