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What it’s like Having a Work Study Position during the Pandemic

What it’s like Having a Work Study Position during the Pandemic

“All work-studies will now be offered online”

When I was in my first-year of study, I never envisioned that by my third-year, the plain four walls of my room would transform into a makeshift office.

Yet, here I am two years later, sitting quietly in my room as I think through my experiences. How have the past few weeks looked, you may wonder?

Bed under winder surrounded by decorative lights, On the window sill, there are small potted plants. Through the fogged window, there is the city skyline.


COVID-19 has changed the livelihood of the global student community in their learning, working and day-to-day activities. At the forefront perhaps, is the impact it has placed on the quality of our education and our ability to get a job.

On my end, this is the first-year of not only being in a work study position, but completing it remotely. The interview process this year for getting a job is drastically different. No longer was I gearing up for an in-person job interview, instead, I was greeted by two smiles on my screen.

The onboarding process was similar, I met my entire team online in a virtual orientation as we were taken through a powerpoint slide. What was truly unique about this experience was the sense of empathy it kindled from our teammates. As everyone is placed in a similar position during these unprecedented times, the level of care and concern taken to ensure our well-being and understanding in our new roles is unparalleled.

While I miss working and meeting my co-workers face-to-face, I for one, am grateful for the opportunity to have an on-campus job, albeit online. It is important to create avenues for students to further their experiences within this pandemic, to reflect, examine and work around how COVID-19 has changed the livelihood of the global student community in their learning, working and day-to-day activities.

Through my work so far, I am continuously learning and remain inspired by my team’s mission of elevating social impact through the establishment of a long-term objective, inspiring students to have their experiences heard, seen and represented while utilizing their voices as true catalysts for change. Throughout the next few months, I too hope to push our community and shared networks to learn, witness and establish a hub of continued engagement and support.

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