By Natalie Tabb
COVID-19 has struck us hard, forcing us to take our schooling from home and study in quarantine. As a senior, I myself have signed up and taken concurrent enrollment at Tulane, but I only started after COVID struck. I have been curious as to how my experience with it is different from someone who took it before, so I reached out to Sophia Wilson, a fellow senior who took it last year as well as this year.
“I would still sign up for it if I went back in time,” Wilson said, saying the benefits of having extra courses that give her college credit outweighs the extra work that is now involved in dealing with the asynchronous classes. Wilson also was keen to point out that she liked the classes at Tulane because she liked the wider variety that they offered her.
Wilson’s word is valid. She has, after all, taken a class before COVID struck (Psychology) and has taken three since (Global Environment Change, Intro to Macroeconomics, and Gender in Society) and currently is in another (Intro to Microeconomics), but I hold a different view.
I did take a class over the summer (Writing), one last semester (Ethics), and am currently taking one now (Fundamentals of Theory), but I feel that the work I put into it isn’t being returned to me in full. I will acknowledge Sophia’s point about earning college credits; they are a good thing to have in your corner, but I don’t think that is the true purpose of the whole concurrent enrollment program.
I think that the important thing about concurrent enrollment is that it gives you a dip into the pool as to what to expect from your classes when you head off to college. Due to health concerns with COVID-19, the only classes we can take are the online ones, but one doesn’t really get the whole experience if you're taking it from home with your mom vacuuming the floor only one room away (true story). These classes take up time and happily assign at least a few hours of homework a night (at least in my experience). With my current schedule and all the AP classes that I’m taking, I don’t think it’s worth it due to the amount of stress it is causing me and all of the time that it is eating up, usually eating away my entire study/review time even with the benefits in mind.
I believe I also should acknowledge that Tulane does offer far more classes than Lusher does, but most of those classes take place during school hours when you are taking your Lusher classes, and it is hard to find classes that either fall during your assigned study hall or not during school hours. In my opinion, concurrent enrollment won’t be worth it until we can take the Tulane classes at the school instead of online because, to me, that’s the whole point of concurrent enrollment--getting a taste of college early.
Wilson also has a solid case that earning college credit and having more options for what classes you can take is worth any added stress and that it gives you. What do you think? Write me at email@example.com.