When students live and study on a campus that is constantly under construction it creates a sense of innovation and change — two ideas that are essential to internalize as we prepare for life beyond college.
The continuous advancement and transformation of Virginia Tech’s campus reflects its motto to “Invent the Future” and provide the highest quality facilities for its students. It also creates a sense of anxiousness when returning to Blacksburg for a new semester to see what has changed on campus.
Though it is exciting for there to always be something new, questions remain as to if the university will continue in this expansive building phase of the school’s history. This especially comes into question with President Charles Steger’s resignation. As a new semester begins there is also concern regarding the distraction these changes bring to the classroom.
Though the Tech community appreciates the innovations on campus, the noises rising from any construction site can be, at the very least, distracting for students and professors.
This not only affects learning environment, but construction side effects also trickle into other aspects of student life.
What is it like to live on a dorm near a building site? Does it affect studying or sleep schedules? It’s hard to imagine it wouldn’t.
Even for those living off campus, campus can become alarming when a major building such as McBryde suddenly has scaffolding at the entrances and construction workers pounding at the façade.
Though these are minor inconveniences, it still influences the overall educational experience on our campus and has a ripple affect on our college lifestyle.
It has become necessary for Hokies to be aware of which parts of campus are undergoing changes. It is partly the students’ responsibility, but also the university’s responsibility to alert the community of the changes.
If the campus is to be an ever-changing construction zone, it is important the university sends accessible messages to the community as to what is being changed and the expected timeline for the changes that will affect campus flow.