Communication major Daniels builds community website, offers students tips to stay connected while learning online.
Throughout COVID-19, many individuals have found creative ways to help others. Braxton Daniels, a communications major at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, has found a productive way to help Mansfield residents and classmates stay connected to downtown businesses. He is part of a team that created the website E-Mansfield.com.
“During COVID-19 and the ‘Stay at Home’ order, we have lost a lot of resources,” Daniels said. “The E-Mansfield website informs the community on what is available during this uncertain time.”
Daniels used the skills he has learned as a communication major to help build the website in a few days. E-Mansfield.com provides information for residents seeking a carry-out meal or other services. The website, which is updated daily, features downtown businesses, restaurants, retail stores and non-profit organizations.
A social media ambassador for the Mansfield campus, Daniels wants to do his part help keep students connected as virtual learning continues. He offered some tips to students adapting to taking courses online.
“I have been reaching out to my professors and classmates, as well as tutors at the Conard Learning Center,” he said. “They have been extremely helpful during this whole process.”
Daniels also recommended for students to read their emails.
“I have been at Ohio State Mansfield for a little over three years, and my advice to students learning online is to continue reading your emails,” Daniels shared. “Don’t be afraid to contact your professors and ask questions. There are so many people ready to help you.”
Daniels said E-Mansfield.com will continue to operate after the “Stay at Home” order is lifted. He hopes students will take advantage of the site and explore the businesses in and around Mansfield.