'I think some of us lost that glimmer': Post-Secondary student reacts to a year online

Mackenzie Davis
Updated: April 06, 2021 06:30 PM
Created: April 06, 2021 06:23 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Even when the pandemic hit last year, students enrolled in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO). 

"Since we were online, we didn't have that same connection. I know when we're all in a classroom, we're all learning and talking with each other. It's a very important aspect of our education but then when we moved online, I think some of us kind of lost that glimmer," Maimuna Aden, a PSEO student and Rochester Community Technical College student vice president, said.

Aden is a senior at John Marshall High School. 

Some students deferred their decision to do PSEO because of the pandemic and it mostly being online. But for Mai, she still found the first year being moved online just as valuable, so she came back for her senior year.

"This is a once, or twice if you're going to do two years, in a lifetime chance," Aden said.

With high school students moving to online school because of the pandemic, awareness of the PSEO program was reduced. 

"I started my junior year then, you know, March hit kind of towards the end of my semester and I think the teachers had in their minds 'Well we want our students to finish off strong,' and from then on we had the online Zooms, any help we need," Aden said.

When the pandemic hit, PSEO classes switched to online just like everything else.

"I definitely think that our professors had made it easier for us. Most of my classes are now online. It's not every day I get to do a lab online.," Aden said. 

She says RCTC professors are great about keeping in touch with online classes.

PSEO is helping students prepare for their college years ahead, academically and financially. 

"It comes to the point where you have to think 'wow I'm saving thousands of dollars," Aden said. 

Saving students thousands of dollars in tuition costs and student debt, while getting ahead of the game in their college course load. 

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