I fondly remember my Friday nights in college.
There was no studying going on, and there was definitely no scrolling through social media.
It often involved going to a party somewhere, and having a beer or two.
Of course, this was all before Facebook came on the scene, and certainly there were no worries about COVID.
So what exactly do college kids do these days, especially freshmen, who might have trouble getting off campus?
Well, here’s just a glimpse.
Last night, about 9:45, I sent an email to my students letting them know that I had posted their most recent test grade to Blackboard, an online course management system.
Within 20 minutes, 123 students (out of 170) had logged into Blackboard to check their grade.
So apparently that is what college students are doing these days.
They are sitting by their phone, tablet, or laptop, eagerly waiting to receive emails from their professors.
And for some students, I’m sure that checking their grade made for a very happy Friday night, while for others, perhaps not so much.
You may also be thinking, “Who am I to talk? You’re sending out an email on a Friday night.”
And I have no response, except to say that doing so was probably more exciting than how I had spent my previous Friday night, which I can’t even remember how I passed the time.
I’m guessing if this email had been sent two years ago, there would have been just a handful of students who checked their grade (if I was in college today, I probably would have been one of those students). But COVID has kept most students confined to their dorm rooms, with very few entertainment options.
I’m sure the students would gladly pass up checking their test grade on a Friday night if there was something better to do. And it wouldn’t take much.
So here’s to no more Friday nights of teachers sending and students checking emails…