College is hard, and it is even harder during a global pandemic. I think a lot of people have figured that out by now. I can’t say I am a pro at school, and going through classes during these hard times has not been easy on me or anyone, but I wanted to offer some advice that has helped me get through and even find joy in this tough season of life.
First thing is first, buy yourself a planner or a desk calendar. This will be used to keep track of all assignments when they come up and when they are due. It is so easy to stay organized and manage your time better this way. If you are more of a tech person - I recommend google calendar. Link in all times of classes, practices, work schedule, and anything else along those lines. Make sure you are paying close attention to when you have a face-to-face class or a zoom class.
When you are doing classes remotely for the day, it is hard to be motivated. Get up and get ready for the day - like you would be ready for an in-person class. You will feel way more productive and motivated to get things accomplished! Make sure to reach out to your faculty and professors if you have any issues or questions, because they know how hard these times are for us - it is hard for them too. We are all getting through it together.
Finding the joy in everyday life can definitely be difficult, but it could be the smallest of things that could radiate positivity. Everyday I write down three things that happened to me that made me smile or laugh. It is the little things to get you through the day. My favorite thing is to reach out to friends you don’t see or talk to often and catch up with them. Plus, it is always nice to grab a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop and relax.
Lastly, take a deep breath, take a break, and relax. School is important, but so is your mental health. When you need to walk away for a little bit - do it! You come first, take care of yourself. Read a book, watch a new movie, eat a snack, take a walk (now that the weather is so nice), or even take a nap. Whatever you need to do to refuel YOU!