College used to be based on long nights at a history-marking library, sleepovers with your roommate, meeting new people, and diving into new cultures. Nobody imagined a semester of college would be summarized in classes at home through Zoom.
Let’s accept the facts. An amazing 3 months of our young adult lives have been cut short. Spring 2020 isn’t college anymore, it’s heartbreaking. Hard as it is, the only thing we can do is learn from this experience and learn to enjoy what most of us generally find unenjoyable. Remote learning can get dull unless you find ways to adapt to make the best of it.
A computer screen is not your conventional university classroom. It’s challenging to pay attention amidst your professor saying something, a sudden dog bark, or a yell from your mom. and Then there’s the biggest temptation of all time, your bed.
I won’t lie, after the first few online classes, I didn’t think I would make it through the semester. Knowing I could take this filmed class any time and not at 8 am as I sat just feet away from my comfy bed was too tempting.
These tips & tricks have helped me stay on the ball. First, stick to your school schedule. Unless you’re in a situation where you can’t afford to show up to class at that given time, pretend you’re on campus and go about life on schedule. Following the college daily routine makes it much easier to focus when you’re in class. Watching a professor forces you to think and engage actively, in a way you don’t with a video replay..
With most colleges offering Pass/Fail grades, it’s hugely tempting to slack off. But you’re in college to learn and besides, it’s not like there are lots of other things to do at home right now anyway.
One of the hardest things about this lockdown is the isolation and while not perfect, online classes are an opportunity for a positive, uplifting interaction during this difficult time .
The one gift of this lockdown is time so instead of being bored, be active. Dig into your University’s online library, read about different clubs for next semester, join a new club this semester and don’t forget that everyone is connected through Zoom and your useful study groups are still a fun way to study or chat!
If you can be well, you’ll do well. Focus on your mental health during this time! Doing these five things everyday will keep your mental health on track. Exercise in whatever way works for you. Journal or meditate for yourself. Work on a personal project or find a new hobby. Plan face-to-face calls with people, have virtual game nights or connect with someone you haven’t talked to in a while. .
Lastly, be safe and remember that this will pass!
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