Communicating with colleges in a time of crisis

Due to campus closures across the country, you may be wondering how to reach out to your future college with important questions about what comes next.

Ashtyn Sakamoto, Opinion Editor

For the class of 2020 and the rest of the world, it is shaping up to be a year for the books. A class that entered the world during the 9/11 terrorist attacks will now graduate in a few short months amidst the sudden coronavirus pandemic that has shaken the world’s economy and affected at least 55 million students (Education Week).

In what was supposed to be the most exciting time of high school for Liberty’s senior class, everything has suddenly taken a sharp turn. Spring sports are over. Prom is unlikely. With school closures, all field trips are canceled. Graduation could be postponed. The list goes on and on.

With National College Decision Day right around the corner, the stress and uncertainty is far from over. Although the dreaded college application season has ended, another set of hurdles remain: navigating housing applications, understanding financial aid offers, and selecting roommates, to name a few.

Adding on to the stress is the fact that many colleges and universities across the country have made the switch to online classes, meaning the cancellation of prospective student visits and Admitted Student Preview Days. Some Preview Days have been moved online, so if you’re an affected senior, be sure to check your email on a regular basis for admitted student information such as the due date for housing deposits (typically May 1st).

If you’re wondering how to communicate with colleges during this time, look at the university’s website frequently for updates regarding possible changes to phone and in-person counseling options. 

Another option for gaining insight about the university is to reach out to current students via social media outlets such as Instagram. If you have friends at the college you plan to attend, see if they would be willing to chat with you online about the housing process or financial aid.

The housing and financial aid pages of the college’s website are a great source of information as well, but if you have additional questions, you should direct your questions via email to the university’s counselors. 

The situation many colleges nationwide are dealing with right now is unprecedented, so counselors understand the hardships many students are facing. 

Remember, you’re almost there! Don’t be afraid to ask for help in these crucial final months.

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