Is lockdown equal to good?
On the penultimate day of October, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (Baiyun Campus) announced the suspension of offline teaching and that students could not leave campus. It is reported this is the second time the GDFUS has conducted online education this year. However, students have opinions about some of the university's practices.
Wei Xing, a freshman at the School of Economics and Management, confessed that the university's closure made her feel tormented. She thought the university's rules were like an invisible cage that trapped every student on campus.
"I am not against keeping students off campus during special times," Wei Xing said, "But in contrast to other universities, GDFUS students have little freedom to enter or leave the campus during the week, and every weekend my friends and I only kill time in the library. The college life I heard from the older generation used to talk about, maybe difficult to view in recent years."
Since the campus closure, the university has required daily nucleic acid testing, and students have different opinions about the regard. "Spending an hour waiting in the testing line is not cost-efficient," said Ye Jiali from the School of Spanish. She had a full schedule of online classes and had to squeeze in time to queue up for the nucleic acid test every day; trifling matters made her even more exhausted. However, Xie Yaqi from the School of International Relations believes that the daily nucleic acid test is a desperate measure to protect the health of students and faculty on campus.
Fortunately, a group of students has established a public-share Excel form on which they propose each student can write down their suggestions or needs. They said the group would submit the Excel form to superiors from the university, and it is unknown for the time being whether they will make improvements.