As many people have finally started to adjust to online classes, schools and universities are deciding to take a leap of faith and resume in-person courses in the next semester or so. While class on Zoom has its benefits—like getting to wake up five minutes before class starts—students have also been missing out on the social factors of going to school and getting the full educational experience. As a junior at ASU, I know it’s been fairly hard for me to have class on Zoom as I’ll find myself on Tik Tok the entire time or falling asleep because there’s essentially no one around to tell me not to. With that said, I know many people have been struggling with the same issues; for this article, I’ll be giving some tips on how to adapt to in-person classes again if your school or university decides to go in that direction soon.
One of the hardest parts about Zoom classes for me is that I don’t really have a set routine anymore. I wake up before class, join the class, and do what I need to do throughout the day. In-person courses are different, though, because you usually need a daily routine to balance your social life and school, especially if you have to commute to your school. So before in-person classes start again, try to get into the habit of a new routine. This way, you won’t be too overwhelmed with this new change.
2. Socialize More
Zoom has made me fairly anti-social, and I know a lot of my friends feel the same way. I don’t get to interact with my peers as much as I would in in-person classes, so it is a good idea to get out of your bubble a little bit, even if you just contribute one thing in your courses. Once you do this, you’ll probably find it easier to talk to the students around you in class, and you’ll feel more comfortable participating in-person.
3. Don’t Take Time on Campus for Granted
One of the things that has hit me the hardest after making the switch to online classes is not getting the full college experience. Even just walking to and from my classes made me feel like I was participating in college life, but Zoom classes have a completely different vibe. If you decide to go back to in-person courses, use your time on campus to your full ability because you’ll miss it when you’re gone!