Lockdown and distance learning are teaching us a fundamentally different way of having a relationship. Like our students, we’ve had to be flexible. Life online requires greater focus and diligence, but by sticking to our approach of being very intentional about the time we spend with our students, we have been able to keep our relationships healthy and productive. The success of our students during the pandemic demonstrates that our model still works in the context of remote delivery.
There has been a great deal of focus on student transitions
to distance learning but little on its impact on college professors and their
effectiveness in an all-online course delivery model. As we approach the end of
an unprecedented semester, we’d like to bring attention to college faculty and
staff at our partner institutions. After all, it’s not just the students who
are being disrupted.
Educators have been asked to shoulder “an impossible task:
to replicate the functions of school for
cartoon in the New Yorker depicts a man and woman sitting together at their
kitchen table. The woman asks the man for clarification: “Are you talking
about the new normal of an hour ago, or is there a new new normal right now?”
moving fast. In the external unpredictability of the new new normal, all we can
control is our own actions.
Dear Community, We hope that you are well and adjusting to this viral reality. Here is an update on college life as we see it.
The most important work we’re doing right now is connecting with students who feel lost. We’re talking to more students much more often. With all the demand we’re experiencing, we have decided to open up our services to students across the country,
Colleges in Boston and around the United States suddenly shuttered, leaving every student in our community and everywhere else asking, ‘What Now?’
Student Needs Such a disruptive and radical routine change has left many students grappling with uncertainty and feeling ungrounded. In addition, almost every university is requiring students to complete the balance of their semester on a remote platform. Focus Collegiate is in a unique position to help ease this transition.
Organizations, businesses, households, and individuals regroup and take stock each Spring. It’s a natural time to clear weeds and plant seeds. This clearing and planting are foundational to our organizational development and, more importantly, to the work we do with students who learn differently or struggle with ADHD or anxiety.
The focus of Focus Collegiate is strength building. While
educational, social, and experiential gaps or shortcomings certainly inform the
learning agendas we develop with our students,
John Marinilli is our Collegiate Life Coordinator. He’s affable and light-hearted. It’s easy to see why he enjoys such good rapport with students. We caught up with him by phone to talk about his work with Focus Collegiate.
What does a Collegiate Life Coordinator actually do? I help students that have had some type of disruption to their college experience. I help them get back on track and establish healthy routines to focus on their success.
The success of our organization is due to the excellence of our team. Because of them, we are able to bring success to those students who may not have not known it before. To honor them and their hard work, we are presenting A Day-in-the-Life, a short series on how our team makes the magic happen for Focus Collegiate students. Certainly, the team works in concert with one another, in this series we will look at individuals,