Generation Z: Life in the Covid Era
While Covid-19 posed a slew of challenges for all, it has placed emphasis on the importance of human interaction, wellbeing, and the actions we need to take to better ourselves for the future.
Your environment has a strong impact your ability to learn and focus. Research conducted at Temple University and Howard University talks about the effect of their spaces on their students, with a focus on post-covid era. Temple has added many outdoor spaces to their facility, such as study and classroom spaces, as well as spaces for eating and socializing. These spaces have been adopted nicely by everyone at Temple. Temple is also determined to keep the natural landscape to create green spaces for students to thrive in because “The human connection to nature is something you can’t replicate on screen” says Derrek Niec-Williams, Executive Director at Howard University.
Since Covid, many students have adapted to the hybrid learning environments. Students desire real-world connection that extends beyond the classroom. Institutions are adapting their spaces to accommodate a multitude of learning spaces, including a variety of alternative spaces outside of the classroom. “Every student experiences campus in a different way,” says Author and Generational Researcher, Meghan Grace. “Students thrive when furniture spaces allow them to choose their own adventure and find their place on campus”.
Institutions are stepping up further by providing plenty of wellness opportunities. Mental health is an important topic that often gets overlooked in younger people. Howard University’s recent renovations provide students with a counseling center, one-on-one meeting spaces, veterans support, and violence prevention services. Their goal was to provide students with access to these services and keep them as comfortable as possible. Temple University took a holistic approach with soft colors and muted lighting to create a setting that makes students feel as comfortable as possible. They have also curated spaces for anyone to rejuvenate and reconnect by offering resources including, nursing and other private spaces for others to take a minute for themselves.
While Covid-19 posed a slew of challenges for all, it has placed emphasis on the importance of human interaction and wellbeing, and the actions we need to take to better ourselves for the future.