College is looking a little different nowadays, and as a result, many of the quintessential college experiences- meeting people, bonding with professors, and finding your community- are looking a little different too. While it might be harder to have some of these experiences in quarantine, it can still be done. Here are my 5 tips for being a queer college student in quarantine.
Follow all of your school’s social media
Every college or university has their verified accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and even snapchat sometimes, but look a little further and you will find, often tagged in their posts, additional accounts affiliated with the college or university! Try looking for LGBTQ accounts, sports accounts, or club accounts affiliated with your school!
Go to your school’s LGBTQ digital events
My school has Zoom queer book clubs, queer chats, and digital drag performances. There are all sorts or organizations on campus, including the lgbtq clubs and departments, who might host events through Zoom, Discord, or live stream. If you don’t see an event that you want, reach out to the people in charge of different groups and see if they can create the event!
Start a queer Zoom group
If your school doesn’t have what you’re looking for, start it yourself! Get with your friends and pick a time, then just hop on a Zoom call with them and do whatever you want! Play games, watch something, or just chat, Zoom has a lot of possibilities.
Look into the resources around you
There might be more available than you think! Try walking around your campus, looking at bulletin boards, and joining groups on Facebook, Discord, or other social media platforms. You never know what you might find!
Let your professors know your name and pronouns via email
We can’t go to our professor’s office hours in person anymore, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk to them! Try emailing your professors, introducing yourself and telling them your name and pronouns, to start building those bonds that you will need further down the line, in graduate school applications or job references. There are great templates available that make the name and pronouns part much easier for trans individuals.
I hope this helps if anyone is struggling with being a queer college student in quarantine!
About the Author:
Andrew Adams is a transgender college sophomore at the University of Central Florida who is committed to LGBTQ advocacy at the local and national levels. Nationally, Andrew serves as a youth ambassador and advocacy volunteer for The Trevor Project, a youth social media ambassador for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and a Volunteer and Intern Coordinator for Point of Pride. On the legislative side, Andrew lobbies for the Equality Act by visiting with his Congressional representatives and their staff.
Additionally, Andrew has spent years fighting to change his school district’s bathroom policy to be trans-inclusive, and the fight is still ongoing. Andrew is an International Baccalaureate student and a volunteer at the Mayo Clinic, and he hopes to go to medical school and become an adolescent psychiatrist specializing in transgender health. For fun, he practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, creates sculpture art and plays the piano.