College During Covid-19

Navigating your higher education journey can be challenging even in the best of times, and now while facing difficulties with COVID-19 even more so. Our team at American Indian Graduate Center is here to support you through these difficult times and this Student Web Resource page can serve as your guide. 

Keep reading for advice and strategies to excel at online distance learning, first-hand advice from students who previously completed a semester of distance learning, FAQs and more!

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 has presented a variety of challenges for our communities. Not only might these challenges affect your ability to learn, but also your mental and physical well-being. 

Please review this list and take advantage of the resources available to you:

American Indian Graduate Center Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund is committed to supporting current AIGC and AIGCS scholars who are facing challenges presented by COVID-19, including housing, food, utilities and more. 

AT&T eLearning

Provides wireless data service at no cost for 60 days to qualified schools activating new lines on qualified data-only plans for school-issued tablets to enable eLearning for students who are not able to be at school. AccessMyLAN will also be available for the qualified lines available at no cost for 60 days.

Charter Free Internet Access

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Comcast Free Internet Services

Comcast is offering an ‘Internet Essentials’ package free for low-income customers for 60 days.   Those new customers will get complimentary internet essentials service for 60 days, which is normally available to qualified low-income households for $9.95 per month, and the speeds are increasing for new and existing customers.

STRATA Internet Services

STRATA has opened several community WiFi services and other opportunities for STRATA customers to get relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Spectrum Internet Services 

Spectrum has opened several community WiFi services and other opportunities for Spectrum customers to get relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Urban Indian Health Institute Resources 

Urban Indian Health Institute created a list of resources for Tribes and urban Indian communities facing COVID-19 to help keep people informed about preventing the spread of the virus.

First Nations Community HealthSource

First Nations Community HealthSource is providing a variety of health and welfare resources to Tribal communities, including care & protection kits, shelter resources, socially distanced spiritual support and more.

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Distance Learning During COVID-19

In an era of online learning, distance learning became a reality more than a dream. Students can take classes from universities across the country without leaving the comfort of their own home. However, one of the biggest criticisms of distance learning is that it doesn’t fit everyone’s learning style.  Now in the time of COVID-19, many students are facing no choice but to change and adapt. Online learning has its unique pros and cons. On the one hand, you can pursue your education at your own pace while, in some cases, never having to step foot on a college campus. But on the other hand, online learning doesn’t provide students with the traditional college experience. 

For some, online learning is the best way for them to focus on their education. For others, it may seem lacking because the connection they crave in face-to-face classes isn’t there. However, there are ways that students can prepare. Below are some strategies that can help you navigate online learning:

  • Don’t take online classes lightly. Just because you’re not in a physical classroom or meeting face-to-face with your professors and classmates does not mean you should not put in less effort to the coursework.
  • Know the design of your class.  Traditionally, online courses consist of video lectures, discussion boards, and online assignments. However, many online courses are utilizing new technologies like Zoom to hold virtual classes. Some of these virtual classes may be required for the course. Make sure you read the syllabus and know what is expected from you throughout the course.
  • Manage your time wisely. Just because you’re enrolled in an online course does not mean that there won’t be deadlines or due dates.  While you might have some flexibility in your schedule as to when you review course material, you will find it much easier if you use a method of time management that works for you. Utilize a planner or your phone to schedule out when your due dates are and block off time dedicated to your studies and homework. 

Understanding Your Learning Style | Take the Quiz

There are several different learning styles – the way in which you best understand information. Your preferred learning style is the way in which you learn best.

Pinpointing how you learn best can dramatically affect your ability to connect with the topics you’re learning, as well as how you participate with the rest of the class. That being said, learning in a classroom setting versus online are different. 

Take this quiz to determine your learning style and keep reading to find out the best strategies to help you excel in a virtual classroom! 

Navigating College During COVID-19

Student Advice

Juliette Jackson

“I find that you get what you put into online learning. You can still ask questions and engage, but like class, you have to choose to participate. I know that it is very challenging to do this when you do not have a stable internet connection, but many professors are understanding if you need to call in and attend class virtually.”

Juliette Jackson, American Indian Graduate Center Scholar

Isaac Akande
“My advice to others is to first and foremost practice appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures (such as wearing mask and regularly washing hands). The physical health and well-being of you and your family is a primary concern, but additionally your psychological health is of importance too. Thus, I suggest you take full advantage of the technology and contact friends via messenger, telecommunication, and video chats to stay socially connected and catch up with old friends. Last but not least take advantage of the warm weather and make sure you get time outside regularly for walks. Sunlight is important for mental health.”

Isaac Akande, American Indian Graduate Center Scholar

FAQs

The Student Emergency Fund directly funds students’ school related activities and expenses, including housing, food, utilities and additional support including travel expenses and household items.

American Indian Graduate Center and AIGCS scholars are eligible to receive funding at this time.

Students should contact a member of the Student Support Team to apply for funding from the Student Emergency Fund.

Christa Moya: christa@aigcs.org
Gabriel Bell: gabriel@aigcs.org 
Michael Bates: michael@aigcs.org

American Indian Graduate Center’s Student Support Team will continue to offer academic advising and support services for all of our students. Our team will work with you to create a plan for your study habits and offer strategies and advice specifically geared for online learning.

For more information about getting tested for COVID-19, please refer to the Indian Health Services and Center for Disease Control websites.

American Indian Graduate Center recommends following along with the Center for Disease Control and World Health Network for up to date guidelines regarding COVID-19.

There are several national service providers offering free or discounted WiFi services during COVID-19 to accommodate individuals working and studying from home. Please refer to our resources section for a listing of opportunities.

American Indian Graduate Center’s Student Resource Center is filled with information and advice to help you excel as a student pursuing your undergraduate, graduate or professionals degree. For specific questions, please contact fellowships@aigcs.org.