Remember one of the greatest things about working at Selkirk College? Being on campus with our co-workers! It's been a while since we've seen eachother and we've gone through a lot this past year - together, yet apart. What was it like working during the pandemic where ever you were and how do you feel about going back to the vibrant campus life students choose Selkirk for!?
We Asked. You Shared.
Tarunjit Jassar, Campus Manager, Home Campus: Castlegar
"I am mostly looking forward to smiling faces, that is what I miss... Student charm and student life spreads on campuses. That is what gives life to our facilities, to everybody, it's the motivatation to continue to evolve and keep doing better."
Tarunjit Jassar remembers how quickly the campus emptied 15 months ago when the pandemic started. The process of transitioning everyone home went smoothly but the vibrant campus life he loved disappeared. It was easy to move furniture into one area, stack it up, he says. It will be more difficult to set classrooms back up but he looks foward to this task. Tarunjit is ready to welcome everyone back and is busy preparing spaces with health and safety in mind.
"We are trying to reinstigage confidence in everybody that this is a safe place. Please come back and please enjoy life the way it was before the pandemic."
Takaia Larsen, UAS Instructor and program coordinator for the RPM program, Home Campus: Castlegar
"I did better than I thought I would which is a win, but my classes are just not as rich as they are in-person."
When the pandemic forced post-secondary to pivot to online in March 2020, Takaia Larsen moved her Selkirk classroom and office from the Castlegar Campus to her Blueberry home. With three active children living at home, one in high school and two in elementary school, Larsen’s daily routine changed dramatically. After getting through the early months in crisis-mode, she settled into a new way of delivering course material.
A self-described “extrovert and social person,” Larsen is looking forward to the return of in-person activity at Selkirk College for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Rhonda Schmitz, Director of Student Development, Home Campus: Castlegar
“As much as this was a really incredibly difficult year, there are some gold nuggets out of it and I hope that we can take those forward.”
Rhonda Schmitz’s pre-pandemic duties connected her with students on a daily basis. With the exodus of March 2020, the former instructor in the School of Health & Human Services had the interactions she loved snatched away. Adapting to the temporary Zoom world and meeting students in-person where possible, a big part of the pivot for Schmitz was connecting to other institutions and making plans for more normal times. Schmitz has equipped herself with knowledge that will help enhance the student experience and is now looking forward putting those plans into action while to assembling a new Student Ambassador team for 2021-2022.