College Online: How To Make the Most of It

College Online: How To Make the Most of It
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    Whether you planned it or not, you're probably taking online classes right now, thanks to COVID-19.

    Being in college is a big deal; you're working toward your career and life goals, and it's understandable that you want to make the most of it.

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Because you’re doing online classes, you’re probably worried that you’re going to lose “the college experience.” Luckily, you can have an excellent college experience online if you know the right steps. If you’d like to learn more about college online and how to make the most of it, we’ve got you covered in our list below.

Find Ways To Get Involved

Although you’re not going to be on campus, that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to get involved with campus activities. Every university and community college has clubs, fraternities, and sororities that you can join. Seriously, there’s a club for almost any interest, so find out what your college has to offer.

Now, there might be fewer opportunities due to COVID-19, but COVID-19 won’t last forever—we will get through this. Everybody had to pivot once the Coronavirus outbreak began, and that included campus clubs. While some clubs might be on pause, many shifted to online meetings and events instead, so go and get involved.

Develop a Routine To Keep Yourself on Schedule

Whether you’ve taken online classes before or not, you need to find a routine. Don’t sit in your pajamas all day; force yourself to wake up on time, shower, and get dressed. Trust us—merely getting dressed as if you’re going to campus makes a huge difference.

You’ll also need a routine to hold yourself accountable because many online college classes don’t have a typical class schedule, meaning you’ll work on your own time.

While the freedom of making your own schedule is wonderful, it can be a recipe for disaster for those of you who procrastinate and avoid planning. A daily routine will help you stay on schedule and get in the right mindset. 

Make Sure Your Internet and Technology Isn’t Working Against You

We don’t need to teach you how to use your technology—you already know. However, what many students don’t know is how to ensure their internet is reliable. You’re going to have a lot of video calls, online quizzes, and exams, so you don’t want your internet crashing in the middle of a test.

We suggest connecting your computer or laptop directly to your router with an ethernet cable. Just make sure there aren’t any indications you need to replace the ethernet cable.

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Make Networking a Priority

Although you can’t attend networking events in-person, your time at college is the best opportunity to develop professional relationships. The first group of people you need to network with is your professors, as they’re the individuals with the expertise and connections you need.

Many professors can accelerate your career by merely connecting you to someone they know. If you don’t take the opportunity to get to know your professors, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

Nobody expected that most colleges would be forced to make all their classes online, including the students. Just because you’re taking online classes, however, that doesn’t mean your college experience is doomed. With our insight, you’ll be able to make the most of college online.

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