Effects of COVID-19
COVID-19 has disrupted many things, one being the education of all students in the world at large, not to mention the students who are yet to join college this fall. As a result, most of the people who are in leadership positions in education from various regions have come up with ways to adapt to in regards to this pandemic. It is always a great idea to plan because no one knows when the coast will be clear. However, first-year students are not in that group since schools do not have the luxury of planning the admittance of new students. The uncertainty has killed the excitement that first-year students had in regards to joining college. It is unfortunate, but they have to hold on until things change. Also, remember that even if they do, nothing will ever be the same again. The effects of Covid-19 will and has hindered enrollment of college students.
Increment Of Admissions
When schools open, they will increase the number of students that they will be admitting. In turn, working out the percentage of newly-joined students will be nearly impossible. Schools will be unable to turn any of them down, and as a result, they will end up taking more than they can tackle. It is regrettable to imagine how second-tier schools are going to struggle to manage the new population. They will even end up straining the facilities that they have. On the other hand, the top-tier schools are going to handle them in good grace. Schools should plan how they will handle this issue before it is too late.
The Fight For Students Will Be Wild
Pre-Covid-19, the cost of competition and recruiting was crazy, and you can only picture how bad it will get post-covid-19. The latter two always spike the college costs for all the students, not forgetting any taxpayers whatsoever. After this pandemic, all the charges will have reached a new peak. Colleges will also fight for their students because of the decreasing population pool of 18-year-olds. Some solutions involve creating an understanding and making sure that students feel a sense of belonging before they are enrolled. This can be done through communication and partaking in activities like online chats and events. Students use their phones every other day, and this will not be any different. Ensure that you continuously engage with them so that they can be ready to join the campus before-hand. Make sure that they also decipher how college works and so on. They will appreciate all the exposure that they will be getting since they cannot go to the campus premises until further notice.
The above points show how soon-to-be first-year students are going to be affected by Covid-19 this fall. Schools should take charge before things get ugly. There is no need for them to increase the costs for college because they are hungry to take in more students; instead, they should be more resonate. They should also try holding virtual engagements to help clear the high school mentality that is still lingering in the minds of these students.
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