• Nineteen Magazine

Remote Learning Sucks- Here's How You Can Make The Best Of It

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Seven ways college students can capitalize on these unfortunate circumstances.

Take Extra Credits

Without having to walk to class, attend sporting events, or go to parties, you are probably going to have some extra time on your hands. Instead of wasting it all on YouTube, take an extra class or two. Consider picking up a new minor. Perhaps you could even graduate early.

Start Networking

Making connections is very important when you're starting your career. Update your LinkedIn, attend virtual networking events, and start meeting new people that are going to open doors for you in the future.

Get A Remote Internship

Internships can be extremely valuable experiences. You can certainly learn many practical and applicable skills while connecting with others in your industry. Plus, internships are great resume builders. Just make sure you are getting an internship that is actually worth your time.

Work On Your Resume, Cover Letter, And Portfolio

You might have the highest grades and the best experience, but if your resume and cover letter suck, you're not going to get the job. Spend this extra time working on developing a professional and comprehensive resume and cover letter. When the next job opportunity comes up you'll be ready to go. If your field requires a portfolio start preparing brilliant pieces you can add to it.

Find Work/ Make Some Extra Cash

Lots of people have lost work due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still ways you can make money during this time. If you are comfortable with it, look into working part-time at a local grocery store or another essential service. Offer to babysit the kids down the street while their parents are at work. Look into online work opportunities as well. Just beware of scams.

Learn Something New

You are probably tired of hearing this, but it is good advice. Dedicate a little time each day to studying a new topic that will help differentiate you from your peers. Maybe it's learning another language, picking up graphic design skills, or building up your technological fluency. Find something to learn that you think is interesting and important.

Find Something That Makes You Happy And Do It

If you are stuck at home this semester, you are probably not the happiest camper and that's okay, but try to find something you can do every day that will bring you joy. It could be going for a run, replaying your favorite childhood video game, baking, listening to music, or creating art. It doesn't matter what it is as long as it makes you happy!


How are you making the best of these tough times? Let us know in the comments below.

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