The current situation with the pandemic has been difficult for everyone, some more so than others. In these uncertain times, it is up to us to show each other compassion and provide each other with support–but where exactly can you find support for some of the issues students potentially face during this all-online First Semester?

Psychological and Emotional Support

It’s relatively easy to feel isolated when taking classes online for an extended period of time. Given the ongoing community quarantines, that feeling of isolation and/or anxiety may become amplified for some.

One of the best ways to deal with this is to create a safe space that you can share with your friends. Your online communication platforms aren’t just for online classes. Use the technology to your advantage by setting up hangout sessions with friends. Establishing study groups is also a good way to ease that feeling of loneliness. Furthermore, do not hesitate to speak to a counselor if you’re starting to feel down. Many schools will have their counselors available on their online learning platform

Financial Support

The pandemic has hit many people hard as businesses across all industries and all sizes were forced to shut down over an extended period. The economic impact of the pandemic in the Philippines can make it difficult for some to get the education that they need.

Many top-level institutions understand this and offer students a variety of financial support plans. In fact, many colleges in Manila have offered deferred tuition payment plans in an effort to reduce financial burden. Other schools, such as Enderun Colleges, continue offering both work-study and scholarship programs to students in need of financial assistance. If you require help, you should inquire about financial support programs.

Connectivity Support

It’s no secret that Internet connection in the Philippines can be spotty at times, especially now that many people are staying at home. How can you deal with connection issues during your online First Semester?

Top international colleges in Manila have decided to provide students with offline learning material sent directly to the students’ homes as a way to overcome connectivity problems. Students with connection issues should also try to approach their teachers and ask that they record classroom sessions, which can be made downloadable once connection has been restored. Alternatively, you may request to join a different class later in the day if your connection is spotty during your original class schedule.

Educational institutions believe that current circumstances should not deter students from receiving the quality education they deserve and pursuing their dream careers. At the same time, educators understand the many issues their students potentially face in this time of uncertainty. Schools have put many systems in place to provide support to their students–and willingly give it to any and all students. If you are facing any such challenges, don’t be afraid to reach out.