Regan Smith & Daisy Garcia Montoya
It may not have been what they expected, but the 2020 class is making history for UMKC. The entire class takes its coursework online and its beginning in May is replaced by a virtual graduation ceremony.
Despite the largely unprecedented challenges they face, Roos graduates remain resilient after completing their study requirements.
Major in Communication and Erin Roth, a senior citizen, says that although she is used to online courses, there is nothing better than teaching in person.
"The main class for which I would still like to meet personally would be my keystone class," said Roth. "This class would be useful for my future career and we no longer do zoom meetings for it."
Even though she was excited to learn, she said she would now miss all the valuable things that she was doing
Bailey Landis, another senior communications major, agreed and said she wished her course on rhetorical theory and criticism is still personal.
"I like to listen to Dr. Melling and classmates give their thoughts and opinions on various topics, ”said Landis. "We still have class discussions and lectures online, but I don't think attending is equivalent to a face-to-face meeting twice a week."
Other seniors worry about their lives after the UMKC because of COVID-19 events that helps students network with potential employers.
"I am less confident because I started to do more networking," said Hannia Zavala, Senior Communication Studies Major. “I turned to companies looking for an employer after graduation. With the corona virus, all events were canceled, including the Mercury Internship Brunch, in which many employers take part in communication-oriented careers. “
Zavala says the recent changes have caused her to stay at UMKC for another semester as there are more resources available to students.
Others are disappointed that they could not say goodbye. Tommy Graham says it's sad to know that he may never see many of his classmates and teachers again. Graham says that although classes are held online, participation and discussion are no longer the same.
Hoping to improve the spread of COVID-19, Chancellor Agrawal decided to postpone the deal in May. This decision made many seniors feel a variety of emotions. Although seniors are still graduating, the joy of going on stage has to wait until December.
"If I can't walk because of this stupid corona virus, I will definitely cry," said senior Lisa Train. “I worked so hard as a senior. We deserve recognition. “