What are some of the essential resources that pandemic sophomores may not even know that they need? We asked Amy Golden, Ed.D., the Assistant Dean of Students, Educational Outreach & Student Services, at Arizona State University to share her perspective. “Grace…for themselves and those around them,” she said. “Be kind to yourself AND ask for help. This is what successful adults do. When you are faced with a challenge or new experience, ask for assistance. That may be tutoring, going to office hours, asking a clarifying question, taking a big breath and ask the other people you’re around to restate the position/feedback/question/concern/etc. in another way so you can first understand what they are trying to communicate with you.”

“Academically, remember…you are not expected to know all the answers,” Golden continued. “You are expected to LEARN. Learning is a process. Learning also requires learning in new ways. Learning how to ask for support, help and assistance is a skill that will serve you for a lifetime. Asking for clarification and additional assistance is a sign of strength and resilience.”

When it comes to Health, Wellness and Social resources, she recommended, “Eat well. Sleep well. Exercise your mind AND body. Spend time with friends. Spend time outside in the fresh air. It is important to be healthy so you can perform at your best in the classroom and throughout life outside of the classroom. Take breaks. Take a break from studying to be social with friends. Take a break from being social to focus on you classwork. Integrate studying and being social. Sometimes, being social is simply changing your environment. Walk outside. The fresh air and sunshine is a natural, positive energy boost.”

Learn more from Dr. Golden and Mercedes Amador during our May 17th webinar on the Pandemic Gap: Assessing Current Sophomore Student Needs to Ensure Success.