A Week in the Life: Full-Time College Student

Feb, 22 2022

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Woman studying in the library.

In this interview, Danyella Miranda sits down to talk to us and discuss everything from her favorite class to the struggles she has dealt with online learning during COVID-19, but what does a typical week look like for a full-time college student today? Read to find out.

Background: 

Danyella Miranda studies chemistry at Mesa Community College (MCC) and previously attended the University of Arizona for a brief time in the Fall of 2018. Following that semester, she took a year off before deciding to study at MCC in the Fall of 2019. 

Q: What made you decide on chemistry?

A: I’ve always been interested in science, and chemistry is something I’ve learned to love since I started going to MCC. The first professor that I took, her name is Dr. Kane, I really loved the way she taught her classes. She makes class exciting, and I’m actually taking her again this year too. Taking chemistry with Dr. Kane has been one of my favorite courses at MCC.

Q: What does a typical week look like for you?

A: I have classes Monday through Thursday and all of my classes are in-person except for one, and I work part-time three times a week. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I get out of work at 1 p.m. so it’s really easy for me to go to class right after and start my day, not having to worry about work the rest of the day. Then on Tuesday and Thursday, I have classes all day, so I typically don’t work on those days. 

Q: How has COVID-19 changed your education?

A: My first semester at MCC was pre-COVID-19, so I was able to experience community college prior to the pandemic and compare what it was like during COVID-19. After COVID-19 hit, we all had to transition to online classes, so it was…weird. I stopped taking classes the following semester until Spring of 2021. The transition back was interesting because classes were still online. There are still a lot of things that I need to brush up on because of the limited knowledge I retained from online classes. However, my professors were very helpful with my transition back to in-person courses again. They provided me with resources to study with, that way I don’t fall behind.

Q: How was your first semester back?

A: A lot of people think, “oh, I can just take a year off,” but don’t realize how difficult it is to get back into a study routine. There are also so many distractions from learning online when you’re used to in-person learning.  

Q: What did you miss from in-person classes that online classes lacked?

A: I feel like talking with my peers was definitely helpful because there are some things that I cannot sometimes understand and hearing it explained by somebody else is always beneficial. You can easily turn around and ask somebody for further clarification, and they are able to explain it from a different perspective than professors sometimes do, instead of waiting for somebody to message you and waiting for them to respond.  

Q: What advice would you give to other students who are trying to transition back to taking in-person classes again?

A: I would absolutely encourage students to start taking classes again. A lot of people learn differently and if it is more beneficial for you to learn in person, then I would take advantage of that while you can. I would also say, don’t be afraid to make connections. 

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