Adapting to campus withdrawal: A careful curation of non-generic tips (Part 1)
Put a finger down if you’ve done something a certain way your whole life, and have now had to completely change it up in the past 6 months. Got 9 fingers left? ‘Cause me too!
But, if there’s one skill gaining ever increasing importance to survive in a world as cut throat as ours, its adaptation. And you can bet we’ve mastered that one this year.
And now it’s time to apply it to Term 1. With lectures and some seminars shifting online but tuition fee staying static, it’s imperative we adapt to extract the most value out of our courses.
Accordingly, I’ve scoured the all-knowing world wide web to curate this post as an honest attempt to help us all make the best of our new normals.
- KEEP SOCIALISING – Being on campus meant you inadvertently at least ran into that one friend you met that one time and exchanged pleasantries. Although that’s unlikely to happen now, interacting with other humans is still essential! Ensure you dedicate some time each day to socialise with flatmates, family or even the local grocery cashier (while staying safe, of course).
Pro-tip: Schedule this at a time you find yourself least productive
- STAY ACTIVE – At a campus university like Warwick, you are always on the go between classes. Now, that (speed) walk from WBS to Maths and Stats between a seminar and lecture has been replaced by a few, relatively underwhelming clicks. Although I know that on a particularly rainy and windy British day, I’ll be thankful for this, it also means that my day now no longer has some unavoidable, basic physical activity. Subsitute this by scheduling some between classes. A set of jumping jacks or even a couple of minutes walking around your room counts!
Pro tip: Give your eyes a break too by looking out a window at something in a distance. Looking at leafy green plants has been linked to better moods, higher productivity and greater creative thinking!
- THE RIGHT TOOLS – Undoubtedly, possession of a device and connection to high speed internet are the bread and butter of online learning. If you find that you don’t have access to that or not the best of that, (maybe you relied on the desktops in the library), REACH OUT to the university and let them know. It’s possible they can make arrangements such as loaning you a university laptop for the term.
In Part 2 of this post, I tackle some “Common Concerns with Suggested Solutions” and end on a sweet note with some “Silver Linings”. So, be sure to check that out when it releases next month!
Stay safe and, as always, shoot me any questions you may have!