Social skills decline and anxiety rises as some students step onto campus. Pepperdine students are relearning the basics of creating relationships.
Pepperdine’s new club Compassion in Action is passionate about fostering a community of peace, tranquility and meditation. With the stressors of school work, Zoom fatigue and struggle of the past year, they hope to be a light.
Pepperdine’s Teacher Education program requires its students to complete 750 hours — or three semesters — of clinical teaching. These students are completing these requirements virtually, which they have done since the pandemic first began in March 2020.
Professors and students alike have struggled to get accustomed to virtual modality. Now, both are sharing what has or hasn’t worked thus far and how things can change moving forward.
Songfest will continue this year as a virtual performance, with fewer weekly rehearsals spread out over eight weeks instead of two. Despite significant changes resulting from the virtual format, organizers and student leaders are hopeful they will develop a sense of community similar to the one found in person.
Students and staff breakdown how they stay connected to their faiths as Pepperdine begins a second remote semester. With in-person resources like Spiritual Life Advisors and convocation absent, students seek community and spiritual growth through virtual student-led ministries and interpersonal connection.
Many Pepperdine students are choosing to spend their time pursuing other opportunities besides school, without knowing when they will return to in-person instruction. Several students decided to take a semester, or a year, off and return after a break from Zoom or when campus opens.
STEM students utilize different strategies to get the most out of their majors and find ways to connect with their peers. Organizations such as the Chemistry Club, Physics/Engineering Club and Emerging Technologies Association use the online semester to prepare students for their majors and beyond.
Despite the urge to want COVID-19 to go away, experts suggest some aspects of the virus are here to stay.
Students discuss their plans for the upcoming winter break. After a unique fall semester, many are ready to relax and travel, while others will continue working and studying.