For cadets and faculty, the spring semester resumed March 25 at the conclusion of spring furlough, with classes going completely online for the first time in Institute history. For their part, faculty have adapted well to a situation that no one could have envisioned even a few months ago.
“The dean has helped us approach a complex situation with real, effective guidance,” said Col. Howard Sanborn, professor of international studies. “He has asked us to be clear in our communications, flexible with our arrangements, and adapt as needed. This has afforded us the freedom to explore a number of creative approaches that will permit us to carry on the mission of the academic program from a distance.”
Members of the information technology staff having been working both remotely and on post to ensure all members of the VMI community can teach, learn, and perform their jobs well no matter where they are geographically.
To this end, VMI has collected information and resources to assist cadets and faculty as they continue their academic journey through distance learning:
“VMI has taught me a lot about self-discipline and how to add structure to my life. So with taking online classes at home, I made a schedule for myself similar to the one I had at VMI. I wake up in the morning and get ready for my day. I attend my morning lectures via Zoom and do work for my morning classes, eat lunch, and then work on my afternoon class. After completing all my classes, I do some to keep up with my physical fitness.” - Cadet Alexandra Duklis ’21
Virtual informational interviews are a great way to learn about your profession of choice. Reach out to an alumnus on LinkedIn in your career field to see if they can meet with you virtually. If you had your internship offer rescinded, some companies may still need summer help. Ask if there is a special project you could work on over the summer.
More suggestions and support can be found by contacting Career Services.