by Heath Vester, AIGA Promotions Director
This year has been different for a lot of reasons, but probably the biggest thing that has shaped society has been the COVID-19 pandemic. It has changed the way we work, the way we shop, go to school and even how we hang out with friends.
For many students, “going back to school” has become something they thought may not even be possible this year. For others, it is something that would be a completely new and potentially scary experience for them. In order to help alleviate some potential stress, we have put together this list of things to help you navigate this difficult and ever-changing time.
1) Take Care of Yourself
This may seem like a no-brainer, but we often overlook our own physical and mental health during busy times and/or times of stress. However, now it’s more important than ever to make sure you are monitoring your health, not just to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but to also make sure you are able to function and take on all of the responsibilities you have as a college student.
2) Take Things Slow
College is a time to experience new things and you should absolutely take advantage of the opportunities you are given! However, it’s important to keep in mind that you don’t have to do everything. It’s ok to say no, especially when you feel like your health may be at risk.
3) Create for Yourself
As an artist, we often use art as a way to process stress. It’s important to remember when you feel overwhelmed to do something that will take your mind off the pressures of school or the crisis our society is currently facing. If you like to paint or draw, maybe spend an hour doing that, even if you are not taking that class this semester.
4) Over Communicate
With things constantly changing, it’s important to properly communicate with your professors. Whether you are taking classes online or in a physical classroom, it’s vital that you stay up-to-date with assignments, and if something comes up or you get sick, make sure to let your professors know ahead of time so they can be aware.
5) Give Yourself (and Others) Grace
These are difficult times we are living in for many different reasons. In college, you will be met with challenges and difficulties and now, with the current pandemic, those may be amplified. It’s important to keep that in mind and give yourself grace when you mess up and also extend that same grace to your classmates and professors that may be facing many of the same difficulties you are. At the end of the day, we are all in this together and a little kindness can go a long way.