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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SCU chapter.

With the pandemic’s one-year mark approaching and Zoom University still going strong, it’s safe to assume that students and faculty are feeling disconnected from campus. Although campuses are preparing to reopen, the feeling of isolation will most likely continue as uncertainty about how to return safely prevails. As a transfer student who has never been inside a classroom at my university, I have continually been seeking ways to feel connected beyond Zoom lectures. 

Following student organizations or initiatives on social media is one way to find out about new events and meet your peers. Joining a student club that aligns with your interests is another way to meet new people, grow as a person and add a fun distraction to your life. This is also a good opportunity to follow university-run accounts such as the Wellness Center for more information on events, workshops, and other opportunities. While your email is undoubtedly flooded with Covid-19 updates, make sure to read the emails you receive from the university’s departments and organizations. These emails usually include information about upcoming events and internship opportunities that are associated with the university. 

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If you are looking for a more personalized approach, I recommend reaching out to your academic advisor or going to your professor’s office hours. Your counselor or professor may be able to connect you with additional resources or opportunities specific to your major that can help you feel less isolated and more involved in your college community! 

As colleges prepare for students and faculty to return to campus, you will need to continue advocating for yourself, while finding ways to feel connected to your university to break out of social life on Zoom. 

Alexis Takagi is the Marketing Director for the SCU chapter of Her Campus. Alexis is a 3rd-year student majoring in Communication. She is passionate about supporting women in business and business law. When Alexis is not working, she is taking photos, cooking, or volunteering!
Meghana Reddy is the Campus Correspondent for the SCU chapter of Her Campus. Currently, she is a 4th year student pursuing a Major in Neuroscience and Minor in Computer Science. Meghana is passionate about women in entrepreneurship, consulting, healthcare, women's health, and dogs! In her free time, she loves to travel, try new foods, and practice yoga!