Cal State LA Students Navigate Night School – University Times

In the evening, Cal State LA students can take classes on campus. The length of each type may vary depending on the subject itself. An archeology seminar, for example, takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Classes based on activities like two-dimensional animation last six hours until 7:20 p.m.

Freshman Emily Medina is currently taking Film Philosophy from 6-7:15 p.m.

Although the time slot was not her first choice, Medina explained how the evening class managed to fit into her schedule.

“I signed up for my classes late,” Medina said. “I have a job, but I come to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the days off are for work. I feel like it’s a good balance between the two. »

As far as transportation consideration goes, Medina isn’t looking to take any classes from a similar period in the future.

“I wouldn’t mind a Zoom course; I would just try to avoid taking night classes in the future because I don’t live close enough,” Medina said.

Luz Ramirez, a senior on an Integrative Field Internship, a hands-on course for social work majors, expressed discomfort using public transportation at night.

“I had no choice,” Ramirez said. “With the internship in the field, you are assigned to it. Since it’s so late, I really think they should consider transportation times. It’s also getting darker earlier now, so taking the bus seems a bit dangerous.

Ramirez also mentioned how a Zoom option for the class would better suit his schedule.

“Last semester Zoom made everything more convenient for me,” Ramirez said. “I felt like I could focus on the material better in my own house. Now I have to worry about getting to class on time.

In a previous postUT has covered the issue of in-person versus online instruction at Cal State LA for this fall semester.

The dimly lit lights and nearly empty campus contribute to the general feeling of distrust among students when in school after dark. The University Times has already covered this topic in a article published last semester.

Sophomore Melina Vargas has expressed concern about the lack of safety she feels while waiting for her class to start.

“It’s very creepy. I’ve had times when I was walking at night, and a guy comes up to me and says an inappropriate thing,” sophomore Melina Vargas said. “They should have someone to keep an eye out, especially around the Beaux-Arts buildings and the King Hall, because it’s really dark.”

Similar questionable activity is not a new phenomenon, according to Vargas.

“That’s the main problem; there’s been a lot of creeps lately,” Vargas said. “Last semester there was a guy [allegedly] take pictures of girls’ feet in the library. There should be more security available. Even though it’s just a guard that circles around this building, keeping an eye on things.

Melina explained that evening classes were the only options available that would fit into her schedule.

“I tried to take classes during the day to fit the rest of my schedule, but the only options were either between classes or right after. I would only have a minute to run from Salazar Hall to Beaux-Arts building. Especially with the recent heat, I don’t run that distance with a nine-pound computer in my bag.

Cal State LA currently has public security escort services in place, available 24/7 to anyone on campus. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to call (323) 343-3700 with any security concerns.

The university could not be reached for comment, despite an email and a call.

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