Students walking under Cal State Fullerton's entrance

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During this tumultuous period in our lives, resilience is one of the most important traits a student can add to daily life. Whether it is in your work or personal life, resilience, which is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, will lead you to a more stable lifestyle. Here are five tips to becoming resilient, according to the American Psychological Association:

  1. Rely on relationships. Reach out to your loved ones and friends to keep you grounded; it will help you ease tension and stress. Contact a loved one – maybe a cousin or friend from high school – who you haven’t spoken to in a while. It feels good to reopen relationships, crack up to some old inside jokes, or to share “stay-at-home” stories with a loved one.
  2. Embrace change as healthy. Change is often not expected because we get comfortable with the way life is going. We get used to routines and deadlines. Embracing the fact that things are going to change and not worrying too much about the things you can’t control will help ease your mind and quell anxiety.
  3. Make daily goals you can check off. There is a lot of satisfaction in being able to track your progress and reminding yourself of the things you can control versus those you cannot. Create a short list of things you want to get done today, and as you finish each item, put a line through it. Focusing on the things you want to get done and finishing them is a great way to make you feel accomplished at the end of your day.
  4. Let yourself feel. It’s natural to want to put up a tough front so others don’t see that you’re having a hard time dealing with things, but you have the right to be worried and fearful during uncertain times. Feeling and accepting these strong emotions will actually help you process them. Don’t push them down because they will always find a way out. It helps to talk about these feelings with a trusted friend or loved one.
  5. Prioritize your mental and physical health. Use this time to work on yourself, both mentally and physically. Eating well and keeping your body moving will release needed endorphins to brighten your mood.

As students who are used to routine and frequent goals, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused huge changes in our lives. Take care of yourself and your friends and family during this trying time. We are in this together, Titans.

 

Cal State Fullerton Economics Professor Denise Stanley

Denise Stanley

Cal State Fullerton Economics Professor Denise Stanley has been educating her students online for years, long before COVID-19 made it a necessity for many educators all over the world.

Stanley, who is an expert on Latin American and Caribbean economies, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to the Dominican Republic for the 2019-2020 academic year. She intended to use this opportunity to expand knowledge of online, distance-learning by providing an international perspective, looking at content created and shared by professors at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), a private university in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Caribbean nation.

She specifically looked at student outcomes in traditional in-person courses compared to hybrid courses that include both on-site and online components, and concluded that learning outcomes, engagement and satisfaction are uniform across the formats.

As has been the case for universities around the world, UNIBE has been forced to limit itself to online courses and other remote services due to coronavirus, which has led to night curfews, airport closures and stay-in-place conditions in the island nation of 11 million people.

Stanley has returned to the U.S. and cancelled her scheduled third trip to Santo Domingo, but UNIBE has successfully completed and published her review of Spanish-language literature on distance-learning, which can help institutions in Latin America continue educating the next generation of leaders.

Stanley is looking forward to how she might use some of the knowledge she has gained to build on more research, such as whether levels of digital engagement lead to better grades in online courses.

Read more in this CSUF News article. Or read more of our articles on Cal State Fullerton’s economics education and research.

Sheefa Honey table with products at Cal State FullertonIn 2012, Cal State Fullerton marketing senior Ahmed Bibi started his local raw honey business, Sheefa Honey.

Bibi traces the beginnings of his concept to the day his father bought a jar of honey from a local beekeeper, who introduced the aspiring businessman to the world of beekeeping and honey production.

“The more I learned, the more I fell in love,” he says. “I am always amazed at the endless benefits this flowy natural sweetener has to offer. So much history, so much mystery, so much gratitude for a pure substance that acts like medicine without the bitter taste.” Read More

A woman doctor uses medical equipment

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More than 1 million Americans are doctors of medicine, providing an invaluable contribution to society by keeping the most diverse nation in human history healthy from the cradle to the grave, and supporting the U.S. economy by ensuring that care is accessible and available, whether in ordinary times or during crises such as the coronavirus emergency.

Physicians also have a tremendous impact on the U.S. economy. According to a 2018 report prepared for the American Medical Association, in 2015 (the most recent year that data was available), doctors supported nearly 12.6 million jobs in the U.S., with the average physician supporting more than 17 jobs and nearly $1.5 million in wages and benefits.

Since 1933, March 30 has been recognized as National Doctors’ Day, an annual observance to reflect on the impact that doctors have on our lives and our communities, and to honor their contributions, service and sacrifice. The day has been official since 1991, when President George H.W. Bush first celebrated it.

Here are some facts about doctors in the U.S., according to Statista and Fact Retriever: Read More

Students walk on campus in front of Cal State Fullerton sign.

Photo by Sonya DeBerry

As the Cal State Fullerton campus implemented a closure through at least the end of the semester, the faculty and staff of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics were busy preparing virtual options, ensuring that essential student services such as tutoring, advising and career services would continue uninterrupted for students during the balance of the semester.

Here are some of the options available for students to stay on track academically and professionally during this time of challenge and uncertainty.

E-Tutoring

The Mihaylo Tutoring Center has transitioned to an online format for the remainder of the semester, with virtual appointments available through the center’s web scheduler. Read More

One student walking on college campus alone

Photo by Chris McCarthy

On March 18, Cal State Fullerton completed the switch from in-person instruction to fully online classes for the rest of the spring 2020 semester. While COVID-19 has come as a shock and disruption to our normal routines, we will overcome the challenges and continue on the path to our educational goals. Between managing the struggles of finding toilet paper at the grocery store to logging on to your Zoom class for the first time, life has changed quite a bit for us Titans, but we are in this together.  

Let’s Talk About Zoom

Zoom is now the way lectures are to be conducted for the near future – so we are going to have to get used to it. Thankfully, the Zoom platform is easy to set up and use. The whole process of getting professors to understand an entirely new method of teaching via a screen without our in-the-room smiling or non-smiling faces to give them feedback is a new thing for most of them. We are used to discussing our lectures by raising hands and interacting with peers for group projects, but we are now talking to screens instead. OK, that’s not such a big change for those of us raised with screens on everything, but it’s an adjustment as it comes to our education.

Zoom has some helpful tools to make virtual lectures feel a bit more like an in-class experience. The “raise hand” feature allows professors to receive questions in an orderly manner instead of everyone talking at once, like we all did in our first Zoom class. I know the struggle of trying to get involved in a discussion and accidentally talking over someone, resulting in multiple people saying a polite “you go first” over one another, creating another awkward moment. Professors can also get feedback with buttons such as “go faster” or “go slower,” which perhaps may not be their favorite feature of the Zoom platform. There’s also the chat feature, which is useful for sharing links and messages that everyone in the lecture can see. You also have a “mute” and “no video/video” button to choose whether your classmates see you at your 8:30 a.m. prime or merely get the pleasure of hearing your voice. 

Taking Tests

Students sit on campus looking at cell phones

Due to this move to online learning, our test-taking practices are vastly different, operating on an honor code rather than in-person supervision. For some professors, they have changed their entire way of administering exams due to the fact they cannot personally monitor them. This has adjusted test dates and cut out some material to alleviate the sudden switch, which is helping to address this complicated situation. 

On the bright side, students will be giving their speeches and presentations to a webcam, which may be a welcome change to those of us who get nervous standing in front of a classroom filled with our peers. Maybe this is just the kind of practice we need to get over our stage jitters. 

Staying Motivated

Motivation has been one of the biggest factors talked about in the discussion of online learning. While it is tempting to go on Instagram to search for the one Baby Yoda meme you haven’t seen yet, we need to hold ourselves accountable without having a professor to tell us not to do it. This is testing our self-control and our ability to focus on the task at hand. It helps to designate some time in your schedule to take breaks and move around, even if only to walk around the block or take a few trips around the apartment building. Chatting with friends over FaceTime or Skype may be a great mental break and help you cope as we all learn to attend college far away from familiar hallways and the friends we greet between classes.

Eliminating Distractions

There are so many other distractions we need to get used to. There are snacks in the kitchen vying for our attention. Parents are beckoning you to have lunch with them. You feel you need to hit the streets to refill your toilet paper supply. It will help you to take scheduled breaks and to let household members know that you have school, and it is important that you do not miss lectures just as if you were on campus. It makes things easier when people know you’re in class to not be using the blender or asking you random questions while your professor is explaining economics. 

Overall, virtual learning is going to be a new challenge for everyone. But we will adapt and make the best of a difficult situation as Titans always do. 

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Photo from CSUF News

Among the many closings and cancellations related to coronavirus are the two largest Southern California theme parks, Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, which closed on March 14 and plan to be shut through at least the end of the month – and likely much longer, according to the latest state and federal guidance.

Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Legoland in Carlsbad and Sea World in San Diego have also closed.

With more than 18.6 million visitors to Disneyland each year – at least 1.5 million monthly – and 9.1 million visitors each year to Universal Studios (700,000 monthly), the economic impact of the closures on the region will be great.

See what Cal State Fullerton economics professor Adrian Fleissig had to say about the effects this decrease in business will have on Orange County’s economy in a recent article on Bisnow.com.

A closure sign due to coronavirus on a businessAs small businesses across Southern California and around the world comply with increasingly restrictive orders to stem the rise of coronavirus, many are facing a severe cash shortfall, in many cases threatening the very existence of the businesses.

For small businesses in Orange County and the Inland Empire, the Small Business Development Center based at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College is ready to help.

Helping Small Businesses Weather the Storm

“The effects of COVID-19 on small businesses are devastating,” says Mike Daniel ’99 (marketing), regional director of the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC network. Read More

Members of Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo Career Services staff pose for a group photoWhile Cal State Fullerton and Mihaylo College are closed to students, Mihaylo Career Services is still working to help students prepare for their careers through digital and virtual options. Now might be the perfect time to take the next steps in your career planning.

Career Services staff is available to meet with students through Zoom video conferencing, and can answer general non-advising questions by email.

Schedule your virtual appointment today to tune up your résumé or cover letter, get tips on career exploration and job/internship strategy, or prepare for your future as a graduate student planning a career change.

There are even a series of virtual workshops, covering specific fields such as marketing and management, professional communication, interview preparation and more.

Mihaylo Career Services will maintain virtual business hours of 8 a.m.  – 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Fridays, at least until the end of spring semester.

If you have non-advising questions, reach out to them at mihaylocareers@fullerton.edu, but please allow a 24-hour response time due to the high demand.

Mihaylo Career Services is working full time to help you find an internship or prepare for the next chapter in your career.

Janet Yellen (center) speaks at the American Economic Association conference in San Diego in 2020.

Janet Yellen (behind podium), former Federal Reserve chair, presents at the American Economic Association conference in January 2020. The event was attended by a number of Cal State Fullerton students.

Undergraduate and graduate students from Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics were among the attendees at the American Economic Association conference in San Diego in January.

The students attended panel discussions covering economic findings on topics such as religion, gender, health, education, crime, finance, trade and game theory.

The opportunity to hear from and network with world-class economists was a powerful avenue for exposing Mihaylo College economics students to leaders in the field. Read More