Students Express Opinions on Asynchronous Days

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Molly Giertsen

Senior Peter Giertsen working hard to complete all the work his teachers assigned him on asynchronous day.

Asynchronous days are something that started at BSM during COVID-19 as a way for students to do work from home, but also get a break from being on Zoom for multiple hours a day. BSM administration and staff have continued to schedule asynchronous days on the school year calendars, which some students like and others do not.

Many students have different opinions on asynchronous days due to the type of work that is assigned. “I do not like asynchronous days because I think teachers feel like they have to assign work and assignments that don’t necessarily add value to what we are learning, and stuff we wouldn’t normally do in class,” senior Mallory Mathwig said.

Another reason many students find asynchronous days as negative is that the workload differs between all the classes. Some teachers assign more than others, making some work very easy to complete, and some quite challenging. “The workload is very different. Some teachers are nice and only give very simple work, and other teachers give a ton of challenging work for us to complete. It can be difficult to complete some of the harder assignments when there is no teacher there to help,” sophomore Carter Callen said.

On the other hand, some students do enjoy asynchronous days, as they are a nice break from coming to school everyday all day. “I personally like asynchronous days because I then can do the work on my own time, allowing me to be able to plan things with friends that I normally wouldn’t be able to do. It’s nice in between of a day off and actually going into school,” junior Maggie Graczyk said.

Honestly, I would rather come to school because when we have an async day, I feel like I spend my whole weekend worrying about all the work I have piled up that I need to complete on top of other homework assignments and projects,”

— Mallory Mathwig

While some students like asynchronous days and may prefer those over real school days, others would rather come to school to complete the work. “Honestly, I would rather come to school because when we have an async day, I feel like I spend my whole weekend worrying about all the work I have piled up that I need to complete on top of other homework assignments and projects,” Mathwig said.

Finding motivation to do school work is hard enough when at school, so many students find it difficult to find the motivation to complete it when at home. “It’s not that the workload is very different, it’s my motivation. At school I feel more motivated to focus and get my work done, but then when I am at home for async days it’s hard to focus because of all the distractions and other things I could be doing,” junior Shale Horning said.

Asynchronous days have mixed reviews among students, some looking forward to them and others dreading them.