Ever notice that many schools are founded around the 1960s? Ever notice that, even with the newer schools, that the buildings are sometimes “old-looking”? Ever notice that these as hooks would try to renovate the building to “keep up with times,” by renovating the rooms, replacing the technology with the kind that costs hundreds of dollars, with hundreds of buttons?
Don’t get me wrong, I love school, and I like most of the renovations that schools would do because it seems refreshing, but it can be confusing sometimes. For example, in John Abbott College/CEGEP, they had closed off a section of the second floor of the Herzberg building for several months, maybe a year, to renovate into what looks to be a media department of sorts. Now, it looks amazing and brought back memories of having took Darkroom Photography one time, but then I remember that there was no indication of what they had planned for this area.
Visiting old friends of staff, I learned that they (the school) had also moved the Security office for the third time, from the office in front of the library to the entrance of Casgrain, which seemed inconvenient. Also, they moved my favourite advisor’s office to the other end of Herzberg.
Seeing the College with the eyes of someone of whom was a graduate and of whom knew the campus inside out, it made me realize that there was a certain appreciation for the historical value of this place. With the traditional projector, teachers could plug it in and write down any explanation along with equations (while students might laugh at the writing style or simply squint for a better view). With the new Smart Board, it allows the professors for a more interactive approach with their electronic files… Provided they use the right tools (happens a lot). With the traditional classrooms, you could see the history of the desks with all of the signatures and … gum (*shiver*).
In the university, the same thing is happening – some of the buildings are being renovated for a more modern look while some classes are being given the newest and rather expensive technological tools. Since technology is becoming ever more advanced and the setup for schools changing almost every year, not everyone can adapt that quickly.
When I saw that a portion of the second floor of Herzberg had been shut off, I realized that I had never gone in that area before, so what had been there before? It made me realize that while many of us, if not all of us, try to keep up with the times (in many aspects), we often end up having to sacrifice something in the process, sometimes without realizing. While schools try to keep up with today’s speed, the change can be too fast, causing confusing among everyone and losing a part of the school’s history in the process.