By Elisabeth Ells, Digital Marketing student
How do you stay focused when you cannot sit in a classroom? I started my Western journey in the middle of COVID, so I have no prior experience with attending classes without COVID. I did enroll in the Digital Marketing online program, so I expected my time to be spent mostly online but I did know there would be classes I needed to attend in person. This has been shifted to attending with Zoom. This was easier than I thought, and has given me more time to be able to work on homework. I live about an hour away from campus so not having to drive almost two hours to attend class has been extremely useful.
There are many ways I have learned and improved my time management to be successful in being fully virtual. The following steps are ones that I have found to be the most useful.
- Create a set schedule. Write in what you have set in your schedule. Include work, children, pets, events, etc. Then schedule your time to work on homework around it. Set aside time each day for schoolwork.
- Take time for yourself. You do not want to burn yourself out so when you feel overwhelmed or stressed, make sure you take 30-60 minutes to relax and reset your brain.
- Stay healthy. Eat, drink plenty of water, and exercise. If you exercise regularly, make sure to set aside time for that. Do not skip meals because you need to work on homework. Make sure you keep yourself nourished.
- Sleep. Our bodies do not function correctly on too little sleep. Make sure you are getting enough sleep to feel good and energized when you wake up.
- Hobbies. While you need to do homework and focus on school, I think we forget to take time to keep up with our hobbies. If you love reading, then set aside some time to do that. If you love videogames, set aside time to do that. These are things that will help reset and let us relax. This will give you a much-needed break to be able to wind down and refresh.
- Socialize: Make sure you are setting time aside to spend time with friends or family. This will help you feel connected and remind you that you have people around you to help you.
- This is not a scheduling step but knowing where to get help or who to contact is extremely helpful. Here is some information that will be useful to you.
Applying to Western: https://www.westerntc.edu/apply
Contact for Western Advisors: https://www.westerntc.edu/college-advisors
Paying for college: https://www.westerntc.edu/paying-for-college This includes information about financial aid, scholarships, military information, how much tuition is, life resources, and now, COVID-19 funds.