The shift from in-person classes to the new module system online can be hard! The ability to do this is a feat in itself. Working on classes online is quite difficult, but here are some tips on how to stay sane during Whittier’s own ‘Zoom University.’
Use the resources that are available to you from the school.
Even though we are not on campus, the administration is working hard to give us the same quality of education we would normally have. Administration and faculty are trying to figure this out just like we are! It can be easy for us to get frustrated with the school, but, as the news coming out daily about the situation at hand suggests, it is difficult all around.
If you have the College’s health insurance, you can receive virtual counseling services through BetterHelp. To use these services, register at www.counseling4students.com. If you don’t have the school’s insurance, not to worry! BetterHelp also assists folks with financial aid.
The College is also continuing to provide students with emergency funds. Undergraduate students currently enrolled at Whittier College may request these funds in an emergency situation under compelling circumstances that jeopardize their ability to successfully continue in school. Whittier is also doing their best to provide laptops and internet hotspots to students who need them.
Most offices and services are still available for students, as well! CAAS has shifted to Advising Appointments over Zoom. The professional staff in CAAS will continue to provide support to students through one-on-one meetings. If you are interested in academic assistance or advice, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, Disability Services is offering check-in appointments and intake appointments through Zoom. The office is also available for requests and questions about academic accommodations at email@example.com
Communicate with your professors.
This shift is hard for professors, too, but they are there to help you pass this semester with all that is going on. Communication is key to your success, especially when it comes to online classes. Remember to be patient. Professors are working hard to give you the same quality of education while we all work from home!
If you need to communicate with your professors, check when their office hours are. More often than not, they will be lenient with meeting especially to talk about your workload and how you are handling classes. They understand online classes are hard because it is hard for them too! They are also missing out on our usual face to face interactions. Professors are people too, so remember to talk to them!
Create a schedule for yourself.
Although creating a calendar and to-do list is not helpful for everyone, writing out what you need to do for the day, week, or month can help ease some of the stress. In your calendar, write in your class times and due dates, but also block off time for working on specific projects. Online calendars available for free, like Google Calendar and Outlook, are great resources for creating your online schedule.
By receiving notifications for your work, you can keep up to date with your classes. It can also be helpful to calendar off some time for self-care and rest! Staring at a computer screen all day can be really draining, so give yourself some time to relieve your eyes and take some well-earned breaks.
Reach out to people.
Have study groups with your friends and classmates. One of the best ways to establish a sense of normalcy is to continue to talk to your close friends. Use this time for some socially distant socializing. Staying holed up in your workspace can have a big impact on your mental health, so take the time to talk to your friends and share your experiences with online schooling. Staying connected with your close ones is vital to be kind to yourself during these times.
Luckily, the world of the internet has provided us with a vast amount of things we can do with our friends while being socially distant. Join or start a book club, have a movie night or a cooking competition, or do an online workout class together!If you have Zoom fatigue — it’s real, and it sucks — check in on each other.
Now is a critical time to be taking care of each other, offering help when we can, and requesting help when we need it. Friends, family, faculty — we are all trying to figure out the best way to work through this. Everyone is dealing with this in their own way, so reach out to people; have a little reminder that you aren’t alone.
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