Did you know that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in six high school seniors who planned on attending full-time college in the fall are now rethinking that path?
It shouldn’t come as a surprise given COVID-19 is impacting almost everything that happens IRL. From conferences, to office life to education, the unknown prevents the majority of us from making major decisions over the next year.
Think about that.
A pandemic will impact how we teach and learn from this point forward. Harvard has already said their entire 2020-2021 school year will take place online — and there will be longterm implications, both positive and negative for such a major transition. Luckily, the rise of online and distance learning has existed for years, it’s just now expedited and an “only option” for everyone versus a personal choice.
This recent infographic from CollegeCliffs showcases what it’s like to be a college student during the time of coronavirus and it’s not easy.
It will be essential for college students to utilize social media and other digital communication technologies to enhance their learning. From participating in Twitter chats to beefing up Linkedin profiles to using technology to showcase their professional skills. There is an unlimited amount of potential available in the digital world. In fact, there’s a HUGE opportunity for digital internships to coincide with online learning so students can put their practice to work immediately.
Looking at the positives, social media can help students supplement their learning, provide access to in-the-field professionals and offer an opportunity to get some experience prior to graduating.
If you’re a professional willing to offer a digital internship, consider the important impact it could have on students over the next year as they transition to online learning amidst so many unknowns.