It is that time of year again where some of us are going back to school. However, Fall 2020 is one special semester to say the least. That “going back to school” energy might hit a little differently. Seeing friends daily after summer ends, over-preparing by buying too many school supplies, and climbing all those stairs (thanks CSUSM) might not be the first thing that comes to mind this time around. Yea, things might be different but it is all going to be okay. You are not alone in any of it. We have come up with some things that should help you with your first day back.
TIPS AND TRICKS
1. Pay for tuition
At CSUSM, if you do not pay for tuition when it is due, your classes will be withdrawn. Make sure you get this done or talk to a financial advisor. There are payment plans so plan accordingly!
2. Look at your schedule
Go on your student portal and check what type of learning model your class is set up as this semester. There are in-person, hybrid, synchronous, and asynchronous classes. Make sure to check if you have MANDATORY Zoom calls. You don’t want to miss those!
3. Be prepared for classes
Make sure that you are proficient in using Cougar Courses and Zoom. Being knowledgeable n how to use these platforms will lessen the room for mistakes and errors that may affect your grades. Check for assignment and test dates. Use a planner or jot these down on a to-do list!
4. Set aside time for classes
Although classes are online, having a weekly routine is what will make you successful. If you do have Zoom classes, make sure you are alert and stay interactive. Being in bed is nice, don’t get me wrong, but this will keep you motivated to learn! Make sure you are in an environment that isn’t too distracting and has those GOOD STUDY VIBES.
This link has everything you need to know about Fall 2020 at CSUSM. If you are struggling or need a question answered, use your resources. Faculty and staff know that this may be a difficult time for some individuals so they are willing to help!
6. Stay up to date and involved
Make sure that you are staying connected. It may not be an “ideal college experience” but many organization and clubs are still hosting events! aKDPhi is still hosting a mock recruitment this Fall.
Our recruitment chairs, Isabella and Loralei (talk to them on the aKDPhi recruitment page on IG), have been working hard to plan this semester's rush “The Roadmap to Sisterhood Is in the Stars.” Due to the current situation of having classes mostly online and having to social distance, all rush events will be hosted on Zoom starting at 6 PM. Anyone can participate and meet the sisters. We don’t want anyone to feel pressure or shy away from attending because of how chaotic the past year has been for all of us. We are having this “mock” recruitment as a way to get to know potential members as well as we can, while also sharing as much about us with all of you!
By: Kristine Rieta (Γ, Spring '17)
It has been a very interesting semester to say the least and all of us hope you are staying healthy and happy during this time. I know that your screen time has dramatically increased so here is a blog you can read in your free time. This was made for you, whoever you are. Whether you are someone interested in joining our sorority, a highschooler, an alum, or someone who doesn’t fit any of those categories, WELCOME! This is a space for us to show you who we are and what we stand for.
Today I am going to touch on UNCERTAINTY, especially with Miss Rona in town. Don’t we all love the sound of that. But all jokes aside, we all know how rough it has been. I know you've been feeling all types of emotions in a span of only a month or two. On Monday I can be working out, cooking, and getting my life together. But from Tuesday to some uncounted days later, I won't be able to get out of bed.
SISTER DISCUSSION: What do you do in times of uncertainty?
Izabella Chan (Γ, Spring '17)
I like to cry. I know that can sound weird or counterproductive but I don’t like to bottle up my feelings. If I’m so overwhelmed with stress or anxiety, I wanna release it immediately. Crying can be therapeutic and it’s ok to do so, especially during these uncertain times. Just know you’re not suffering alone and maybe tell someone else how you’ve been feeling. You’ll be surprised how understanding they’ll be and maybe you’ve both been going through the same thing.
Jillian Tran (H, Spring '19)
I like to take a few moments to sit alone in my backyard or just bring stuff to do outside for a change of scene. When I’m feeling stressed or anxious I just need to take a few steps away from the situation. If that doesn’t help, crying is something that is stress relieving to me too, because I feel like it releases everything I’m feeling.
It has been a little odd not physically spending every day with sisters, especially with the semester being over. Many of the sisters have graduated, but people like me on the other hand, just changed their major in my 4th year. Something we all have in common is that we don’t know what is going to happen next! Uncertainty can go hand in hand with starting something new. We have been pushed beyond what we know and are forced to face everything life throws at us. New career. New friends. New experiences. New transitions. All these new things but the outcome can be uncertain. Although it might be hard to take a step into an unknown path, we have the freedom to choose where to start.
Isn’t it amazing that we control our own destiny?
With whatever path destiny takes us on, it will have its own ups and downs. All we have to do is put in a sprinkle of hard work and dedication. THEN BAM. Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have made it sound so easy since it takes ways more than a sprinkle. I am constantly surrounded by individuals that challenge and inspire me.
The cool part is that no matter who I turn to, my path is not the same as the person next to me. All I can do is to trust the process while simultaneously supporting those around me. It’s always nice when you have people to share experiences with, even if they're times of joy or turmoil. No one has it all figured out. And that’s okay.
Take in and enjoy the moments handed to you. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you may not have things figured out. You are capable of more than you and I can imagine.
Comment down below how you're feeling during this time.
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