Message from the AS President:
Welcome back from spring break, things are going to be different for a while.
The choices we make in the coming weeks and months will contribute directly to how difficult this crisis gets for everyone.
The university administration deserves praise for their response and dedication to student needs in this time.
However, the need for student leadership and to ask the hard questions has not diminished. Those of us in student government shall continue to serve at full capacity. Have a need? Or a question? Reach out to your student representatives. You can find them here.
This is an upsetting and potentially lonely time. Classes are online, all of our in-person campus events are cancelled, we can no longer congregate with anyone but those we live with, some have moved home early, and commencement is postponed.
I know this disruption to your life and education is difficult, and it's okay to feel frustrated or irritated. But I also know that y'all at Sonoma State are the ones with true grit. This is not the first time this academic year that the campus has been interrupted or suspended. With firmness of mind and unyielding courage is how we will get through this semester.
I, myself, am graduating senior and my thoughts are with those in the same boat. For those who are the first in their family to go to college or those who were going to prove someone wrong by walking across the graduation stage: You deserve better than this. You deserve to be recognized for earning your degree.
Here are some tips for distance learning:
- As much as possible, keep your routine. Wake up when you usually wake up. Get dressed per usual. Get your exercise (where you can).
- Recognize that being at home offers more distractions than the classroom or library. Do not be mad at yourself for being unable to focus.
- Make sure to check that the Zoom links work and your mic and video are working smoothly at least five minutes before any scheduled meeting.
- Ask if the lecture can be recorded! Zoom has a nifty feature to record. Recording allows you to engage with the points you are hearing in the moment, and write them down perfectly later.
Also see the resources SSU has made for you:
As CEO of Associated Students corporation, I want to say thank you to both the student and professional staff of our organization that continue to try and serve you, our students, remotely.
Do not forget. Get your refunds where they are due (parking, housing, meal plans, graduation regalia). For your health and certainly for the sake of others, play it safe and stay home.