The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it life-altering changes as everything shifted online in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. Students and professionals around the world had to make the transition to working and learning from home.
And now, as things begin to open again, many are transitioning back to on-site and on-campus working and learning. This transition back to “normal” can be challenging for some after a year and a half of working and learning from the safety and comfort of home.
With a return to on-campus learning for many post-secondary institutions across Canada this fall, it may take some time (and maybe even some pattern changes, like waking up early to get ready!) for students to fully re-adjust to in-person classes.
Below are a few tips on how students can adjust to learning on-campus and maximize their university experience.
Utilize the student services and resources offered
Many universities offer student resources and services that can help enrich and strengthen the learning experience, build communication and public speaking skills, foster positive mental health and more.
For students, it’s best to take advantage of these opportunities while they can, as many of these offerings will set them up for success in their studies and after graduation.
Some of the services available for students at University Canada West include mental health supports through Keep.MeSAFE, Academic Advisors, the Library’s Virtual Help Desk, Learning Strategists, writing coaches and peer tutors.
Follow safety procedures and protocols
One of the main concerns many students have is their safety while on-campus.
In BC, all post-secondary institutions are required to follow the Return-to-Campus guidelines set out by the Government of British Columbia, which includes mandatory masks in indoor public spaces, daily health checks, a communicable disease plan and proof of vaccination. For students, faculty and staff of BC universities, this gives peace of mind that strict health and safety regulations are being followed and enforced by the institutions.
At UCW, masks are mandatory in all classrooms and common areas and students, faculty and staff are reminded to frequently and thoroughly wash their hands and keep a distance of six feet from others when possible.
Attend job fairs and networking events
Throughout the year, university students are often invited to exclusive job fairs and networking events that allow them to connect with potential employers, build their network and develop interpersonal skills.
In addition to this, job and career resources are often available for students, free of charge. For those who want to excel in their career, resources like resumé and cover letter templates, interview and networking tips, mock interviews and career development guides are offered by the university’s career development centre.
Meet and connect with peers
Students can take advantage of the social aspect of returning to on-campus classes and meet and connect with their peers and classmates.
A valuable benefit of in-person classes for students is the ability to make new friends, build meaningful connections and enjoy the university experience with those around them.
For a list of fun things to do on-campus at UCW Vancouver House, visit ucanwest.ca/blog/media-communication/five-fun-things-to-do-at-ucw-vancouver-house.
Published on Oct. 22, 2021.