Transitioning To University During Covid-19
In this article we will be looking at 7 tips for transitioning to university during Covid-19.
Check your university for specific updates regarding Covid-19
Get educated on how your university is handling the pandemic. They will likely have a support page with details on how they are being affected and what they are doing to overcome any difficulties experienced. Many universities also have a frequently asked questions page in relation to the coronavirus which may be a great place to start. Just do a quick Google search for your university + Covid 19.
Get Informed about your course
In order to make sure that you have selected the best course for you, it is vital that you understand how your course is structured. Look for details on how it’s going to be taught, how it’s assessed and what you are required to do as a student. Don’t be afraid to get really technical, it’s in your best interest to understand how the current global pandemic affects how you’ll be taught and assessed.
If there is insufficient information available on your university’s website, then get in contact with your course leader or the student support team. They should be able to provide you with information on any changes you need to make in order to make the most out of your university experience.
Attend a virtual open day
It is likely that your university will be hosting a virtual open day. Attending this is a useful way to get used to the university’s layout and the best way to check out how accessible the buildings are and whether or not you vibe with the university environment.
Reach out to fellow students online
In light of Covid-19, more people are socialising online than ever before. Make sure you take advantage of this by signing up to your university’s Facebook group. Here you will be able to find other students on your course or discover your neighbours before moving into halls. Be proactive and make the most of this, if you can make a few acquaintances before you even attend university you will have made a head start.
Prepare yourself for University life
If you’re going to be living alone for the first time, you’ll need to learn how to budget, cook and do your own laundry. It may take some getting used to, so it’s always advisable to get some practice in before you begin.
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If you have additional needs get in touch with your disability team
In light of Covid-19, now more than ever your university is poised to make sure you get the very best learning experience. One of the ways with which they hope to achieve this is by ensuring that students with additional needs can still access the support they need. However, the university won’t know about your particular needs unless you tell them, so your very first task is to get in touch with your disability advisor. A google search with the name of your university followed by disability team should bring up the details of someone to contact.
If you intend to move into Halls of Residence and have additional needs, you may need to make enquiries about the suitability of available accommodation. If you feel the accommodation isn’t suitable for your needs, you should ask what reasonable adjustments can be put in place by your university e.g. if you require ensuite accommodation for medical reasons.
Apply for the Disabled Students Allowances (DSA)
Make sure you take advantage of the available funding options available such as the Disabled Students Allowances (DSA), and try to get yours in place before the beginning of the academic year.
To learn more about the DSA watch our video below.
Good luck on your course.