SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The fall semester will look a lot different for many colleges across California.
The California State University system announced Tuesday that classes across its 23 campuses will be taught almost exclusively online for the rest of 2020.
The announcement was disappointing for Cianna Garcia, who will be transferring to Sacramento State from Sierra College in the fall.
“It does bum me out that we’re not actually going to be on the campus,” Garcia told FOX40.
Garcia will be a first-generation college graduate and was looking forward to soaking in the campus experience at Sacramento State.
“It is going to be a lot of things that we’re missing out on because you’re not going to have the interactions with your classmates or the teachers,” said Garcia.
Students in the University of California system will be facing similar issues.
A spokesperson for the UC system told FOX40 that they are considering a mixed approach to classes in the fall, with some primarily online and others containing partial in-class instruction.
“I’ve definitely found myself in the middle of a lot of difficulties with the whole online format,” said University of California, Davis student Justin Hurst.
The college senior has nearly completed his double major in evolutionary ecology and international relations at UC Davis but said school has not been a smooth ride to the finish line.
“With this quarter in particular, instructors had to adjust on the fly and learn new technologies that they may have never worked with,” explained Hurst.
The graduating student body president said he’s relieved his online learning days are coming to an end but for many of his classmates, the challenges are just beginning.
“In some ways I feel both cursed and blessed that I’m graduating,” said Hurst. “Blessed in the sense that I won’t be doing online classes again because, overall, I would say this isn’t a format that’s as conducive to learning. However, it is very interesting graduating into this economy as well.”
For Garcia, despite the challenges heading her way this fall, she said nothing is going to hold her back from achieving her dreams.
“Obviously, COVID-19 has put another obstacle in front of us but I think the fact that we’re pushing through it and still able to reach our goals, it’s just going to make it mean that much more,” said Garcia.
The Los Rios Community College District, including American River, Sacramento City, Folsom Lake and Cosumnes River colleges, will be transitioning to a fully online fall schedule over coronavirus concerns.