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As the fall semester nears its end, students are busy studying for exams, preparing for an unorthodox holiday season and trying to keep the stress away. This winter will be different, though, because of the isolation made necessary by Covid-19. For many, jobs as well as their classes have proceeded online - but, for the five-week space between semesters, staying in touch with peers and keeping up with the community will require some novelty.
It's everyone's favorite modern holiday classic: on Friday, Dec. 4, "Elf" will be screened as a drive-in movie experience in the parking lot of Kean Hall. With health and safety always a priority throughout the Kean community, Student Organization of Kean University and the Class of 2021 offer the perfect Friday night getaway for a study break or social outing. The screening will run from 6 to 8 p.m.
As they often do in the fall, finals have snuck up quickly, and with Thanksgiving recess approaching, many students are already preparing for their exams. As they were during the spring semester, this term's finals present the added challenge of studying remotely. The isolation and distance from conventional learning make it even more important than ever to study efficiently, with detail and responsibly.
Through the rest of the fall semester, the Center for Leadership and Service will host a series of events for viewing the new documentary series "Whose Vote Counts: Explained." The documentary released in September 2020 and walks through the details and imperative of voting in the United States. Participants will view the series and share encouragement for being involved in the process.
Graduate exam. Whatever a student's area of study is, if they plan to apply for post-graduate education, they most likely have to pass one of them. Whether it's Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Praxis tests, the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), students study like never before to pass and move into their post-graduate programs. To schedule and prepare for these exams, there are a few dates, requirements and strategies to keep in mind.
Registration for the upcoming Winter 2020 session is underway, and its schedule features a variety of courses that can help students in any field of study get ahead or catch up with their paths to graduation. This year, Winter session courses will be held online from Tuesday, Dec. 22 and concluding on Saturday, Jan. 16. Priority registration began on Nov. 2, and registration in order of completed credits continues until Monday, Nov. 16.
Lots of time remains in the Fall 2020 semester, and the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) is filling it with opportunities for Kean students to give back to the community. Different series of service projects continue to meet, often weekly, helping anyone in need in every way possible.
The Office of Residential Student Services (RSS) serves the student community's residential life in all sorts of ways, not the least of which in the organization and hosting of numerable events every semester, offering an abundance and a variety of events to students throughout the fall. With so much of Kean's community moved online by the pandemic, RSS offers many of these events through remote, online portals so that students can feel a sense of home at the university from anywhere.
As midterms and a stressful, remote semester continue, Halloween festivities offer the Kean community a welcome reprieve from busy schedules and studying. Many of the university's organizations have arranged remote Halloween-themed events for the week leading up to and including the holiday.
Kean is a campus craving interactive events after a spring, summer and early fall conducted mostly remotely. Thankfully, Kean Stage, committed to offering exciting performing arts programming every year at Kean, has risen to the occasion, bringing a pair of innovative and compelling performances to live audiences in October as part of a new series called Kean Stage Outdoors.
For the many Kean University senior undergraduate students seeking opportunities in graduate studies next year, performing well on the standardized Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a must. For many graduate programs, the GRE is a requirement, and for others, it's a strongly-encouraged addition to applications; in either case, the test is designed to show graduate schools that students are ready to perform in their rigorous programs.
Student Organization of Kean University is a student group that promotes scholarly and social advancement among the Kean student body and acts as a voice for undergraduate students throughout the university's events and culture.
While the university's event programming and face-to-face learning have been adjusted to meet the needs of the pandemic, the fall still brings many important academic deadlines that students should keep their eyes on. Even more than usual, using Cougar Link and the Kean University website can make all the difference in tracking important dates from distance while many are learning remotely.
As Kean students reclaim their routines for the fall semester, they're now faced not just with the traditional challenges of classes, jobs, social lives and so forth, but also with adapting to a largely remote world. A majority of the university's classes are being held online for safety, as well as organization events and informational sessions - but throughout all these changes, students are silently tasked with creating new routines to maintain their health and physical fitness.
2020 marks a century since American women's fight for suffrage brought about the 19th Amendment. 2020 also marks a century since the last election that followed a devastating pandemic, and the introduction of millions of young Americans between 18 and 22 years old into the voting population. It will be the fifty-ninth presidential election since the nation declared independence, but only be the twenty-fifth in which all Americans will be afforded the right to vote promised in the Constitution. With every election cycle, but perhaps more so this year than ever before, the right and obligation of every American to vote becomes clearer.
Like many of Kean's organizations, the Human Rights Institute (HRI) has grappled the unique challenges of this fall semester by utilizing online resources to conduct events remotely. That adjustment has hardly inhibited the institute's efforts to offer the Kean community events of vital importance to civic and community involvement as part of their mission to combat violations of human rights and liberties worldwide. Throughout September, the Human Rights Institute kicks off the fall with poignant and compelling events for all, provided virtually using Zoom.
As Kean restarts for a fall semester with health and safety a chief concern, the university has made appropriate changes to many student resources around campus. Between Sept. 21 and Thanksgiving, when nearly a quarter of classes will return in face-to-face and hybrid settings, the adjustments made to printing services within the campus computer labs will be invaluable.
On Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m., Student Organization hosted a virtual workshop with consultant Tony Parrales, president of Parrales Consulting LLC and a Kean University alumnus, covering strategies for successful interviews, including remote interviews, particularly vital to recent and upcoming graduates in an increasingly distanced workforce. The workshop was conducted, appropriately, on Zoom.
As Kean University students anticipate the end of what has been, to say the least, an unconventional Spring semester, final exams remain an intellectual and psychological challenge as much as ever. The shift to remote education requires that, in addition to their usual study practices, and in place of many on-campus options, students adapt to new study skills and remain focused on their mental health, while also maintaining their own schedules, and using digital tools to stay successful.
Undeterred by the move to remote education, Kean Research Days proceeded as scheduled, going live online April 28. In lieu of in-person festivities, a special guest speaker, the faculty research mentor and undergraduate researcher of the year, awards for event design, extensive poster and oral presentations and further information were each honored and detailed through a new page on the Kean University website.