After almost an entire year of total lockdown during the COVID pandemic, businesses, schools, and restaurants are finally starting to open back up again. After getting used to a new digital environment, it may be difficult to transition back to the way things used to be. Especially for those heading back in-person to schools and universities after many semesters of remote learning. Here are a few tips and advice to help make that transition a bit easier!
Although things seem to be going back to normal, the pandemic is not over yet! COVID cases are still prevalent regardless of vaccination status. So, make sure you are aware of and adhering to the state guidelines.
Each school may have its own policies regarding safety and COVID prevention, so do your best to always follow them. For example, common regulations may include getting tested weekly, wearing a mask when you are indoors, following new room capacity guidelines, maintaining unidirectional flow throughout the building, and much more.
Returning back to in-person learning from remote learning can be a difficult adjustment. The overall speed of in-person learning is usually much faster compared to the pace of an online learning environment. So, it is important to be aware of that and stay ahead of the learning material. Carefully read the syllabus for each class at the beginning of the semester. Make sure you understand each professor’s grading and course policies.
Arrive at each class and be prepared and ready to listen, stay focused, and keep up and pay attention. Online classes made it easy for students to pause and rewind recorded lectures. However, that is no longer the case with in-person learning.
While you may have been able to focus entirely on classes and learning during the lockdown, a return to in-person classes means you have to consider real-life interactions. This means getting used to the social environment of college all over again. After months of isolation, you are finally able to see and interact with your friends, classmates, and professors again.
Whether you are excited to meet people again or find yourself anxious to be around large groups of people, this change in social environment can be a stressful situation for many. It is important to be aware of your comfort levels while getting readjusted. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your family, friends, and professors. Or, seek guidance from your university’s counseling services to help make your transition easier.
The convenience of online learning was unmatched. You were allowed to roll out of bed, get into your comfiest clothes, and turn on your computer – all within ten minutes. Now, a return to in-person learning requires you to jump back into a daily routine. You’ll have to get ready, eat breakfast, and get to where you need to be on time. The best way to get started would be to create a checklist of all the important items and tasks you need to do throughout the day. Try to have everything prepared ahead of time!
As exciting and overwhelming it might be to return to in-person learning, it is going to take a while for everyone to get back to “normal”. After so many months of isolation, it’s important to be patient with yourself and others.
Finally, remember to have fun! In-person learning introduces new challenges. However, it also opens up new opportunities. You’ll get to to see your friends again, make new connections, interact with your professors, and enhance your learning experiences.
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