What is the “New Normal”?

As our blogs for this teaching year wrap up, we are doing a joint posting. These are different and unusual times for all of us and we thought we’d share how it has affected our work together and with other colleagues.

We’ve had to adjust and adapt, not just with our students and teaching, but in all aspects of our lives. Dealing with uncertainty and unknowns can naturally lead to anxiety. Also, learning new technology in order to complete the term can create ambiguity and lead to questioning our own capabilities. It is in this spirit of authenticity and vulnerability that we wanted to share that we embraced the new normal thrust upon all of us in order to collaborate and create this co-written post.

In working on this narrative, we used a popular platform—Zoom—to have a virtual meeting. It made both of us feel better as we could see each other and determine for ourselves how we were doing. Both of us prefer to “see” people and this enabled us to do just that. Did either of us know a lot about Zoom a few weeks ago? No. And there are so many more things that we didn’t know and have learned in a relatively short amount of time.

For many of you, this is the season of several religious celebrations. These have even been done differently to accommodate what is happening in our world now. It is hoped that in these difficult times, that you were able to be reflective and consider how the recent weeks have helped all of us grow, connect and ultimately support each other.

We close by reminding you to celebrate and enjoy the changes; without change, there is no growth.

Be healthy and safe,

Melanie Peacock PhD, MBA, CPHR, SHRM-SCP
Eileen Stewart, BA, MBA

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