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Adapting to campus as an upperclassman

Image By: Jeff Miller

 

The year 2020 has been anything but ordinary. A global pandemic, heart-wrenching deaths and natural disasters have created a morbid reality. Yet, as easily as it is to look at the downsides of this year, there are always positives to focus on. Things may look a little bit different this academic year, with ways of getting to know others significantly changing. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to navigate socializing with others during a global pandemic.

First and foremost, it is vitally important to remember to keep yourself and others safe. Talk with your friends and family about which ways you are comfortable staying connected, whether that be text messages, Facetime dates or a socially-distanced walk outside. Communicating your boundaries is important to staying and feeling safe.

For those that are nearing the end of their time at UW-Madison, building these experiences is vital. There are still entertaining and exciting memories waiting to be made.

If prioritizing fun is your goal in the last few semesters of your college career, take an opportunity to explore the outdoors. Take a hike to picnic point, a walk around Lake Monona in Madison, or try paddleboarding on Lake Mendota. For those with a car, you can also travel to Devil’s Lake to get in a good exercise while also taking in the views. 

Want to get your sweat on? Workout studios, like DragonFly Hot Yoga (www.dragonflyhotyoga.com), have been introducing online and outdoor classes that keep yogis safe and healthy! 

If interested, building your resumé can be another viable option. Take this time to update your work experience or find new opportunities that would be useful to have on your resume!

Exploring leadership positions in your favorite student organizations can be a great way to get involved. You may have extra time because of online classes, so becoming a leader in an organization that is relevant to your field of study can be an excellent use of that time.

There are countless ways to get active and explore our awesome campus. COVID-19 has limited some of these experiences, but creating lasting memories and friendships is never limited. Mask up, be safe and have fun!

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