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An altered college experience

While it is still unclear what a reopening would like, UW System President Ray Cross announced he “fully expects” UW campuses to reopen for the upcoming fall semester.
While it is still unclear what a reopening would like, UW System President Ray Cross announced he “fully expects” UW campuses to reopen for the upcoming fall semester. Image By: Jeff Miller

“Life will be different.” This is something you have probably heard countless times over the past few months as COVID-19 has swept through our nation. We’ve had to adjust to very different living styles in order to prevent the virus from spreading. 

Among the things that are changing, college is one of them. UW-Madison released a statement explaining to  students that they will come or return to campus, but with a few changes. Some classes, depending on the number of people, will be held online. Transitioning to online classes is difficult and can be hard to get the hang of, especially when it is your first time taking college classes. So here are three tips to help you make the best of this not-so-ordinary college experience. 

1. Do not let yourself slack. 

As much as students complain about going to class, it is a vital part of learning. However, you may not be allowed to attend your lecture in person this semester. This may make it easier to not pay attention, skip class and invest less time in learning. Regardless of whether or not you are learning online or in person, you are still paying for higher education. The information you will be learning in your classes may be vital information that you need throughout your college career. Therefore, make the best of the situation, regardless of if you are online or in-person. 

2. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

The transition from high school to college is already intimidating. Now there is an added pressure of figuring out how to do everything online. However, everyone is in the same boat. Even the juniors and seniors are figuring out how to transition to learning through a computer screen. Professors and faculty are figuring out ways to teach online and accommodate their students. This situation is not ideal for anyone, so everyone is willing to answer any questions you may have. It may be intimidating to reach out to your professor or other students for help, but if it ends up helping you learn and saving your grade, it is worth it!

3. Keep an open mind.

UW may be partially online this semester, but this does not mean that your college experience must be hindered. Regardless of online or in-person, you will be getting a top-notch education from world-renowned professors. You will be attending college in downtown Madison with a perfect view of the Capitol and Lake Mendota. Do not just let your opportunities here pass through your fingers because of online classes. Take advantage of the situation that no one can change and enjoy your first semester at the University of Wisconsin!

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