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College students, professors working together to catch up after winter storms derailed learning

Posted at 6:32 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 23:30:55-05

A lot of students are playing catch-up the winter storm left them with no WiFi and way to submit assignments.

Universities like Baylor and Texas A&M - Central Texas are doing what they can to accommodate students who fell behind due to last week’s storms.

”I did have WiFi and I couldn’t write any sort of papers I had coming up because I didn’t have the research in front of me in order to do that,” said Kirstin Martinez, a student at Texas A&M University - Central Texas

Martinez says her professors have been working with her to get her caught up.

”I feel extremely lucky the professors, my professors specifically, have pushed back a lot of my due dates and a lot of our tests have been pushed back, as well, until after spring break," she said.

It's something Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Mienie Roberts says is happening across campus.

”Mostly, I have been flexible with due dates, and the tutoring services have been very helpful. Academic services have been very helpful in assisting me in trying to help the students if they have questions and making sure they stay up to date,” she said.

Martinez says flexible professors are critical for students like her.

”We value our grades quite a bit and we’re not just there to pass. We’re there to get the high grades to have a deeper comprehension of what we’re being taught,” she said.

Dr. Roberts says she has a lot of students like Martinez in her class.

”I know it’s been challenging times. I understand that. I have seen true grit and resilience from my students. They have shown that they are true warriors, and we will get through this,” she said.

Information on accommodations can be found on your university’s website or through your individual professors.