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Embracing the “New Normal” as a Student

Published August 19, 2020.

Making life adjustments during and after COVID-19 when earning a diploma and learning new skills requires an open mind, and new habits, in and out of the classroom. 

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed how we live, work, and learn. It affects each aspect of our daily life, and this new normal seemed to have changed almost overnight.

Life adjustments can be tricky and can bring on a wide range of experiences and emotions. Making the transition to a new normal requires agility and staying open-minded. This post will dive into embracing the new normal as a student.

embracing the new normal as a student

What Has Changed?

There are many aspects of learning that have changed, and one thing that is certain is that the way life was before the pandemic will not be coming back soon, if ever. 

Here are four big changes that students must adapt to, ensuring that they are set up for success in the classroom, online learning, and in work placements. 

  1. Adjust to the new normal in your own way. The situation is uncertain, and it is ok to take the steps you need to, in order to gain the focus you need on learning something new. Remember to talk to someone if you feel that you need help and support. Focus on what is within your own control, who you want to be right now, and in the future. Patience with yourself and having flexibility is very important, especially when you are learning new skills! 
  2. Establish a routine. Having a healthy and balanced routine will help you get the most out of school. Having a set daily routine helps you not only while at school, but it is also important to schedule 
  3. Focus on your success. Keep moving forward with studying and achieving your goal. Every day, focus on the positive things that happen, whether they are big or small.
  4. Talk to others! Know that you are not alone and that we are all in this together. Communicate with your friends, family, classmates and instructors about how you are feeling, and what help you may need.

We are living in extraordinary times, and as humans, we are resilient and always open to changes. Keeping calm and carrying on will help us all get through difficult times. 

What if You Haven’t Been in a Classroom For a While?

For students who are contemplating a career change and have not sat in a classroom in a while, you will notice that things have changed a bit in the last few years. Like other schools, we will be adjusting to a hybrid model of curriculum delivery.

This model will mean that some of your classes will be delivered right in the classroom, and some classes will be delivered online. Our online classes will be as interactive and engaging as our in-class ones, with breakout sessions, Q&A, and exercises that align with modern teaching techniques.

Learn more about our approach here.