As a Ryerson community, we’ve collectively been forced to adjust to a new, if temporary, normal of studying, working and living at home. For those of us fortunate enough to have jobs, co-op placements or internships that offer a level of flexibility, operating from home base applies there as well. While the drawbacks of our self-isolated realities have been well-documented, let’s take a look at some of the positives that can be drawn from these trying quarantine times.

You can work at your own pace

While mid-terms and assignment deadlines still play a major role in online classes, how you get there is more than ever in your hands. With the course syllabus at your fingertips, you can go through the course at your own pace, and even read ahead when possible. Some professors offer the option to tune in to pre-recorded lectures at your leisure, which allows more flexibility in having school work around your schedule, rather than vice versa. Just remember to comply with the required deadlines, as those aren’t quite as flexible.

No time lost commuting

If it feels like you have more time on your hands, it’s because you do. Not only are you saving time getting to campus (which could take hours out of your day), but time spent getting around campus, going for lunch or getting to and from work has also been eliminated. So, what are you going to do with all that free time? That extra hour of studying you wish you had, that passion project you never have time for or even getting a full seven to eight hours of sleep? The world is yours. Just try not to spend all of it on one streaming service!

It’s a judgment-free zone

All those time savings come at a cost – fitness. With the steps from the restaurant (your kitchen) to the study hall (your bedroom, perhaps) drastically reduced, it’s time to find a new workout routine. Fortunately, the gym (your living room) comes with none of the intimidation, pressure or anxiety you may feel at a fitness centre. Bust out a yoga mat (or towel, carpet or Twister mat), some dumbbells (or otherwise weighted object) and your trusty YouTube search bar, and you’re good to go!

You can wear comfortable clothing

You have an important Zoom call with your professor. You need to impress them, not only with a final presentation, but with your style. Naturally, you throw on your nicest dress shirt and best blazer, along with your comfiest sweatpants and house slippers. In fact, most days, you don’t have to dress to impress anyone. So why stop at clothes? Who needs makeup when you can use filters? Just please remember to shower and brush your teeth.

You can access ASC’s virtual support offerings

Taking an online course? It’s okay if the material doesn’t click at first glance. This is post-secondary education, and it’s supposed to be challenging. Fortunately, there are resources ready and willing to help, like us here at the Academic Success Centre. We’ve adapted to the status quo of quarantine by offering virtual tutoring during the 2020 Spring/Summer terms for six key business courses: CACC 100, CACC 406, CFIN 300, CFIN 401, CQMS 110 and CQMS 210. Sign up by following the instructions listed on the ASC website.

Also available on the ASC website is information on other supports offered virtually by the Academic Success Centre. These include:

Posted by Alborz Mohtashami

Alborz Mohtashami is a fourth year Business Management student, majoring in Entrepreneurship & Strategy. He has worked at the Academic Success Centre since January 2018.