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What do you do when the pandemic turned you college plans to dust?

I am very determined and have a lot of drive. I want to become a veterinarian but virtual school is harder than I thought. veterinarian college animal-health

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Mariah’s Answer

Hi Daejanique,

Great question. It is a tough time to be a college student. So first, I'd say give yourself some credit, this is not a typical time you're going through and no one is perfect at this virtual lifestyle.

I'd recommend setting clear time management goals for yourself to keep you accountable when studying/ working on homework. Know what time you can be studying and stick with it. Keep distractions to a minimum during this time.

I also would recommend connecting with classmates to see if you can get a virtual study group started because talking to other people can help clarify material. (https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/tips-for-taking-online-classes/) Also you're all going through a unique experience together and it can help to have that support system when things get tough.

Good luck with your virtual learning, and remember it is ok if it takes time to adjust to it.

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Mariah Blake
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Cosmina’s Answer

Hey Daejanique,

Having a lot of drive is an excellent characteristic to utilize during these challenging times. I understand how virtual learning is more rigid as I am a recent graduate where the pandemic made me have multiple classes online. If being a veterinarian is your primary goal in life, the best thing you can do is stay determined and keep a positive mindset. Some helpful tips with transitioning with virtual learning include: following a daily routine, it may seem like an easy task, but this helps provide structure even on days when you don't have lots going on. In your free time, you could look up more opportunities related to animal health through LinkedIn learning or youtube videos! If you struggle with a particular topic in class, ask your peers, teacher, or search the web to see any videos to help you break down the subject. It may be tough now but if becoming a veterinarian is your dream, keep being determined and utilize that characteristic as your strength. You can always reach out to teachers as they should be more than willing to help. Best of luck, you got this!
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Rigina’s Answer

Virtual learning is a challenge - this is what I've heard from my brother. With an uptick in number of infections, I don't think virtual learning is going away anytime soon. Try partnering up with others in your class. Maybe start a study group. This way you all can help each other out.
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Francisco’s Answer

Hey Daejanique,
As a recent graduate who just graduated in May, I totally get you. Online school is not the easiest because we dont get the personal interaction that we'd get if classes were in person. One nice thing about online school is that many of your classes will be recorded so if you missed a class or you need to review, the class video will be so helpful.

Personally, something that helped me a lot was to get together on a zoom call with my friends to study. Remember that also the professors are struggling too. In my case, I felt that they were a little bit more forgiving in tests.
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Rebecca Lynne’s Answer

Hey Daejanique,

Great question! I did a portion of my undergrad and my graduate degree online. It is not easy. It requires you to be disciplined and focused. It's important to understand that this is going to help you long term in being able to be focused during your career. The more you engaged you are with your fellow students and the teacher the better you will do. Believe me it was not always easy and I was at 11:59 submitting my assignments on some Sundays. Give yourself grace and stay the course!
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