Most of my spare time is dedicated to various USC clubs, meaning more of my time is spent behind a computer screen. Zoom fatigue is real. It hits hard when you have three meetings a week on top of every scheduled lecture. Considering I am on the executive board for some of these clubs, the work does not stop! However, the Zoom hours do pay off.
As an executive board member for two clubs, I can tell you that the main concern on everyone’s mind is how to keep members engaged in the virtual setting. Some clubs have utilized icebreaker websites, Jackbox TV, and Among Us game nights. While these don’t have the same effect as in-person bonding, they are fun activities we couldn’t be doing without a computer. Staying engaged socially is really important for mental health. Joining in on these activities gives a good brain break.
One of my jobs this semester is scheduling lessons for members of the construction management club. Getting a turnout can be tough, but I have to keep in mind that students are exhausted from constant screen time. At least recording the lessons means others can benefit in the future. These lessons also just keep me talking to people instead of sitting in silence. A lot of clubs have been hosting even more events than usual since guest speakers don’t need to travel.
I know the idea of more time on Zoom does not sound appealing. I promise that club meetings are not the same as lecture meetings. Executive board members across every club are working overtime to make their events even more appealing to students. Take advantage of this!