Welcome to Benedictine University! You have succeeded in completing your high school experience during a global pandemic. Now as a college student, you may be facing challenges that, at the very least, complicate your attempts to become familiar with college life: the continued threat of COVID-19 to you and your loved ones, sudden homelessness or unemployment, hunger, family concerns, dealing with lack of access to the internet, technology, resources, and space. You are trying to learn while your sense of safety and wellness may be in shambles. You may also be grieving right now: for the loss of loved ones, a global loss of hundreds of thousands of people, loss of your daily life as you once knew it, loss of the “normal” student life you once knew. Against the backdrop of issues related to the pandemic, racism, war, school shootings, you may feel vulnerable, afraid, angry, or helpless.
We created this guide with the understanding that, above all else, students need compassion, support, and patience right now. These suggestions, techniques, and resources can’t provide solutions for the collective or individual trauma and pain that you may be experiencing, but we hope that this can be a starter kit if you need help navigating being in school during a challenging time.
Be kind to yourself. Things are hard. Forgive yourself for emotional responses you might be experiencing or difficulties you might be having with academics.
As much as you are comfortable, keep your professors and advisors informed of the challenges you might be facing. Having this knowledge can help the instructor shape the delivery of their content or adjust things to better suit their students’ individual situations.
Inform your professor of your needs. Your instructor will be able to plan their instruction accordingly if they know about your situation. Think about things like:
For many students, online learning is completely new territory. With any new experience comes difficulties and frustration. Rework the strategies that work for your face-to-face classes; there’s no need to reinvent the wheel!
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