Last Updated: Sep 19, 2020
When it comes to COVID-19, we’re not all in the same boat—but we are all in the same storm. In her latest vlog, UCLA sophomore Janna explains that while we’re all collectively dealing with the pandemic, we’re handling our specific situations in very different ways. There’s no one right way to handle your fall semester, but like Janna, many of you have probably started your classes online. Check out Janna’s five back-to-school tips for you to implement in order to have the most successful fall semester you can in the video below.
Top five back-to-school tips
While everyone processes their emotions differently, every student can do these few things to make sure fall 2020 is a little less stressful.
1. Be kind to yourself
This semester is going to be a lot harder if you’re being harder on yourself than anyone else. Putting in the effort to even think about your back-to-school plan is something to feel good about.
2. Find a housing option that suits you
Consider looking into your school’s dorm options to find something that will make you more comfortable, or if you and your friends want to live together, look into the apartment/housing options around campus.
3. Utilize academic resources (even if they’re online)
Teachers might not be as lenient with grades this fall as they were in the spring when you unexpectedly switched to online classes. Make sure you’re using the tools provided and looking to your friends and family as a support system.
4. Get involved in online extracurriculars
Being online is not an excuse to not get involved. Find out if your favorite clubs are transitioning online or meeting in small, socially distanced groups and how you can stay active in them!
5. Make an effort to get to know your teachers and classmates
You can still reach out to your teachers and classmates online—and you should to avoid feeling isolated. Getting to know them is a big part of your overall college experience. Form study groups, join online Zoom meetings, and find out what your teacher’s online office hours are so you can have as normal an experience as possible in these circumstances.
We hope this helps you get back into the school mindset. The CollegeXpress Team is always wishing you the best during this challenging time. Good luck during your new school year!
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