As parents and family members of a Georgetown student, you are important partners in your Hoya's success. During these uncertain and unprecedented times, adjusting to the new normal could be hard for everyone in the Georgetown community. Below, we share some insight and resources to support your student while working from home in this new environment.
At this point in the school year, your college student has established a routine both academically and socially. The new work-from-home restrictions introduces new challenges to collegiate study and engagement. Here are some tips on how students can make the best of completing their academic requirements away from the Georgetown campus.
Ensure a dedicated workspace. It is easy to be distracted when not in normal academic environments such as a library or residence hall. Creating a space within your home establishes a new place where students can feel focused on their work. It is important that this area is separate from a living or recreational space, to help in creating a work-oriented mindset when a student is present at a desk or work table.
Carve out time for activity. Students will be used to regular activity on campus, from walking around the Hilltop to exercising in Yates. Incorporating physical and mental activity could be helpful for a student to include in their day-to-day timetable. It also helps with boredom and can provide relief from any monotony felt due to the new confines of social distancing.
Encourage consistent communication with friends. Perhaps the hardest part of being away from campus is the change in access to community and socializing. Daily video chats or phone calls are a helpful substitute for in-person meet-ups. Apps such as Houseparty and Netflix Party allow for virtual game nights or movie nights, enabling students to connect and socialize from all over the country.
Listen to your student's concerns about the new normal. Most people will be strongly affected by these complex times. It is important to encourage a dialogue with the student about their concerns, anxieties, and stresses which may have multiplied in this time of separation from life on campus. Keeping the door open for these hard but necessary conversations can be a huge comfort to students.
Staying Engaged with Georgetown
If your student is looking to stay engaged with Georgetown beyond academics during this time of digital learning and physical distancing, we invite you to share the resources below focused on engagement and wellbeing. To learn more about Georgetown's virtual engagement programs and opportunities, your student can visit the Student Engagement website or Google Calendar. Georgetown has also shared a newsletter with mental health resources for students. Please note that the programs and resources below are in place to support current Georgetown students.
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Career Support in the Age of Coronavirus
Most employers, like the rest of us, have spent the better part of the last few weeks moving to virtual work environments and are now beginning to think about their approach to hiring and on-boarding. Some are moving forward with full-time and internship hiring, seeking to provide virtual opportunities and shift the substance of internships in particular to be compatible with virtual engagement; some are pushing pause or delaying start dates for full-time employees; some are actively recruiting. Since March 12, over 1,200 jobs and internships have been posted in Handshake, Georgetown’s job and internship platform.
Things will continue to change. Here’s Cawley’s advice to your student:
Prioritize Networking: Reach out to alumni in fields of interest to understand changes and best practices during this time. Hoya Gateway is a great place to find alumni who are eager to assist.
Exhibit Flexibility: Be flexible with job title, location, or another aspect of work, but still move forward intentionally. Take time to clarify what is most important to you.
Be Patient: Accept that you may need to wait longer than usual for someone to respond to your outreach as everyone is adjusting to this period of uncertainty.