Back to School
University students all across the country have returned to campus! Locally, Baylor, MCC and TSTC are back in full force. Whether it’s your first year or your third, this year is a chance for a new start for everyone. During 2020, some students were online or hybrid, while others remained on campus -- all students had to adjust in some way to how COVID-19 affected campus life. Hopefully this year, things are getting somewhat back to normal.
Here’s a few tips to help you get off to a great start.
No matter whether you’re online or in-person this year, the more organized you can be, the better. Keep a weekly schedule to help you balance online and in-person classes as well as study time and even your social life. Having a schedule can help you stay on track and keep up with changes.
If you are adjusting to being online or to being in person, make sure you know what is available to you online vs. in-person. Does your professor hold office hours in person or online only? Are there study groups for you to join? Who do you go to if you either start falling behind or just need some extra help with a class?
Even if you are not online for classes this semester, take the time to familiarize yourself with your university website. Know where to look for help, how to do online research, and any other important information your school’s website provides, including online activities and opportunities for students to get to know each other.
Familiarizing yourself with your university will help you immensely in planning your days and keep you on top of your studies.
Whether you are on campus or taking courses online, make sure to get involved with your campus culture! Look for groups who share your interests and reach out to students in your classes to study and socialize with. Some clubs start at the beginning of the year and others may take a while to begin and garner interest.
Every campus offers some kind of clubs, activities, or other groups to help you get involved with your university. Make the most of it -- whether in-person or online, there are ways to be socially involved as well as to enrich your daily activities.
Here in Waco
Baylor University is fully opened for in-person learning this year! The university is encouraging students to get vaccinated against COVID-19; those who do not get vaccinated will be tested every week. Find more information about COVID-19 on their website.
Baylor also has many opportunities for students to get involved on campus. Keep track of school events through the school calendar. Baylor has a great website to help you figure out what you need and will direct you to links based on your interest or need. Check it out!
As always, we are here for you if ever things don’t quite go to plan. If either you see something or get involved in a situation that may require law enforcement or a courtroom, know that you can reach out to Attorney Reaves to get the best advice about your rights and what is your best course of action.
We hope you make lifelong connections in college and wish you the best of luck this school year!