Let’s start off with an understatement;
Student life currently isn’t at its prime.
Awesome, you’re up to speed!
We could’ve just ended the blog there, but we actually do have some really interesting data insights to share. Despite that this academic year will always go down as one of the most ‘interesting’ in history, student life will never stop.
Instead of looking at all the things that were not possible, let’s look at what did still happen the last few months. What were students most interested in? Which activities performed best? How did behaviour change every month? Moreover, how is student life still moving on?
Here’s a pick of our favourite insights.
Since the onset of the pandemic, the quest for personal development has seen exponential growth, and that's a double-edged sword. On one hand, it's a stark reminder that many students are currently facing substantial challenges, yearning for better days. On the flip side, it's heartening to witness so many students actively seeking assistance, with universities offering an array of solutions.
Within Uni-Life, personal development events have surged, claiming the top spot of student interests for two out of the last three months. Health & Wellness emerged as a strong second contender, followed closely by academia and entertainment.
Despite the tightening grip of regulations, student activity hasn't waned. In the realm of online events (meticulously planned and executed by student associations), we saw at least one event happening daily. This might not seem like a lot, but bear in mind that December and January typically witness a lull due to exams and holidays—even in pre-pandemic times (remember those?).
Now, if we toss in spontaneous events, the numbers skyrocket. Numerous students organized informal gatherings or initiated micro-projects. In our previous blog, we highlighted how students united around shared passions like cooking, running, or gaming—a segue to our next revelation.
Students have displayed remarkable willingness to connect with peers they've never met. At TU Delft, over 350 students have reached out to fellow students to organize various activities. Spontaneous events, like impromptu walks, often outperformed meticulously planned, resource-intensive online gatherings in terms of student interest.
While we all must adhere to regulations, students seem eager to meet another student, even if it means maintaining a 1.5-meter distance, rather than participating in yet another online event.
If you're committed to helping students navigate these challenging times, keep these three principles in mind:
In this rapidly evolving academic landscape, these strategies can be your compass, guiding students toward personal growth, connection, and a rewarding university experience.