No one knows the future of education or the future of the workforce. What we do know is that the world still turns, inspiration still hits, ambition still blooms. So don't put things on hold that you want to do now. I, for one, have been talking to my academic advisor, career counselors and therapist as often as possible. All of these resources are available on UNC Charlotte's website and there are a lot of other programs out there too. Whether you can see your academic career clearly mapped out ahead of you or there’s smog obscuring your path, there is time to participate.
Many organizations are transitioning online. With apps like Google Meet, FaceTime, Netflix party and other things that are being launched everyday, we can be together without putting ourselves at risk. Organizations are now facing the Goliath of keeping members engaged by posting on social media and sending out email updates. Some groups are discussing the prospects of scheduled Zoom meetings and even mailing items to one another.
This may not seem like the best time to try out a new organization, but everyone is in the same boat. Don’t miss out on the Black Student Union, Model UN or Anime Club. Loneliness and boredom are running rampant right now. So if you have a cellphone or laptop, you can still expand your interests. Who knows? You will, if you put yourself out there.
This is the time to ask questions. Email professors about virtual TA positions, take a Jobzology placement test and be a part of online discussions. “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.” ‘What ifs’ are always worse than ‘never-minds.’ If you join a club then decide that it’s not for you, know that at least you tried. Satisfaction doesn’t come with omniscience, it comes with knowledge. That’s just a philosophical way of saying that everything that you learn about yourself, no matter how big or small, is worth learning. For some of you, Fall 2020 will be your last semester at UNC Charlotte. It may not be the semester that you envisioned, but it can be social, it can be fun, and it can be informative.