E-learning has now become a mainstream type of education. But as the year comes to an end, many of us are getting ready to graduate. It is no surprise to know that we are going to absolutely miss falling asleep in front of our laptops. The awkward waiting, the unstable WIFI and the sudden rush to quit the meeting during a massive flow of thankyou voices floating out of your laptop speakers could be a nostalgic place to start. But are we really going to miss it? Maybe.
But what we are really going to yearn for is those who shared these moments with us. It will be much harder to say goodbye to those who sat with us through those dreadful online seminars. We all know that sleepy head, the clueless, the smarty pants and the alleged luddite. Here is a list of 8 different types of people whom you have definitely encountered in every seminar.
1. The Smarty Pants
Let us all just take a step back and give a one-minute silence for this amazing person. It is because of them that we are not asked too many questions or don’t have to sit through that awkward silence that comes after the lecturer asks a question. No matter what, this person carries the seminar to the end, always clears our unending doubts and is a willfully enthusiastic person. It is definitely not easy to be brilliant. They work twice as hard and never fail to answer a question. If this is you, give yourself more credit than you receive.
2. The Alleged Luddite
“I don’t think my camera is working. I will get it fixed this week for sure.” I mean, we all know that person who struggles with technology. It’s been 2 years since the pandemic fast tracked our use of technology in education and we all still have that one person who has a broken microphone or a broken camera. If that is you, I have a question for you: Is this a genuine issue or a sneaky way out of answering that not that difficult question?
3. The Clueless
“I’m sorry, what are we supposed to do?” “Which week are we on?” “What module do we have this afternoon?” Yeah, that’s right! We are talking about you. Honestly, you guys are entertaining as hell and help those of us who are freaking out (thinking about those never-ending assignments) to relax a bit. But we have all been there. Fogginess in the brain is a common symptom among students.
4. The Extempore
This is one of my favorite types of people. Always unprepared, always clueless but if asked a question, they never fail to answer it. I doubt they even understand the question but they always grasp just enough to ramble on and somehow even makes sense. Their confidence is definitely applaudable. If that’s you, always remember that you would make an excellent politician.
5. The Classic mic-fail
This may not be that one person because whether we like it or not, we have all had to go through the mic fail phase. Whether it be the crunch-crunching of the breakfast cereal you are eating in class or the loud mouth roommates talking about not so seminar-worthy things – or worst-case scenario – the kick-you-in-the-neck awkward conversation between your housemates talking about how boring the seminar is. Eek!
6. The Phone Addict
We can all agree that it’s not their fault. We all know how hard it is to fight that temptation of checking your phone every two minutes. Not everyone can hold out for an hour. But to that one person who is incapable of using their phone in class, what can we say? It’s irresistible.
7. The Busy Bee
This is that one committed student we all admire in class. They are always busy and always have a 1000 other things to do, be it work or academics. Even if it means sneakily working during an online lecture, this person deserves a big round of applause for their effort and incredible hard work.
8. The sleepy head
We all know that sleepy head in class who silently snores in front of the laptop and weakly opens their eyes every few minutes to see if the class is still going on. I mean, let’s not judge them for we all know we have all been there. But don’t you think it’s a little weird for the rest of us when the professor calls out your name and then there are those silent seconds of tense awkwardness?
So, the big question is, which one are you?