First, I want to say that this circumstance is unfortunate. Although none of us could have predicted this, I am hopeful that a solution to COVID-19 is soon approaching. If you are anything like me, these have been stressful times. Whether you were unexpectedly uprooted from your residence hall, forced to move back home, lost your job, or were unsure how your academics would transfer with online classes, I can relate. I want to emphasize: you are NOT alone. As unfortunate as this situation is, there are ways to grasp a sense of “normal” during these abnormal times. Below are 6 tips I have to help you get through this unique time.
MAINTAIN A SCHEDULE
Although many classes have transitioned to online platform–and that includes voice-annotated PowerPoints–I encourage you to review the slides during your normal scheduled time for class. This will help create structure and routine in your schedule, which will aid in greater productivity.
FIND AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER
It can be challenging to stay on top of our academics when there is not a professor directly supervising our actions. For this reason, reach out to a close friend who you want to work with and keep each other accountable so that you both are staying on track academically.
REACH OUT TO PROFESSORS FOR HELP
Although we cannot go into office hours in person, instructors should still be holding virtual office hours. I encourage you to take advantage of this resource. It can be challenging to fully grasp a concept taught online and not every class can transfer as smoothly to the virtual platform, so reaching out to professors and taking advantage of virtual office hours will help you stay on course.
Exercise is a great way at relieving stress, which would do us all well during these stressful and uncertain times. Even though the gyms are closed, that does not have to get in the way of our physical and mental well-being. The weather is getting nicer, so take advantage! Get outside and enjoy the fresh air. I also recommend finding some fitness videos that you can follow along in the comfort of your home.
PICK UP A NEW HOBBY
The days can go by slow during the quarantine. Although we have classes, there still seems to be lots of free time. To keep your brain stimulated and avoid too much time on social media, try picking up a new hobby. Whether that means teaching yourself a new language, learning a new skill, or reading a book you did not have time to in the past, just make sure it is something exciting for you!
HAVE ZOOM MEETINGS WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Since we all should be practicing social distancing, that limits what we can do for fun. Think about scheduling Zoom meetings with your friends where y’all can talk about your days and catch up. Talking to other people will help us all not feel so alone in this situation.
We all must do what we can to stay busy during these times. Stay healthy and safe and reach out to additional campus resources if need be.