Back to School in Times of Uncertainty

Here we are.

Six months since universities across the nation shut down in-person instruction to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s back to school season. 

While many were expecting to strut back onto campus, reunite with their friends and have their best semester ever–that doesn’t seem to be how the cookie crumbles for 2020. 

Whether you are living on campus, off campus, at home or taking the semester off entirely, everyone is adjusting to their new routine.

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‘Back to school’ during the coronavirus pandemic encompasses more unknowns than ever. 

What will online classes entail? Will the university shut down within a week? Will I still have some sort of a social life? Or will I be sitting alone in my room every night? And worst of all— will I get sick?

Our feelings are a mixed bag. There is relief in being reunited with friends, returning to school and establishing some normalcy, but also a lot of fear. 

We are the first academic classes to head back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your return to campus isn’t everything you dreamed it to be, cut yourself some slack. 

Take time to adjust to this new normal and see the positives in the situation; work on prioritizing your mental health now more than ever. 

Take time for yourself and do things that make you feel good. Professors are understanding humans — they get that this is an adjustment for all of us and are here to support us through online and hybrid classes. 

Read a book. Go on a long walk with a friend. Have a “me” night and stay in to watch your favorite movie while indulging in your favorite sugary snack.

While this year is unlike any before, there will be ways to make the most of it and restore some sense of normalcy. 

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Take the proper precautions to stay healthy and allow yourself time to adjust to our new normal. This won’t be an overnight process. It may take days, weeks or even months to adjust to college life amid the pandemic. 

Some may never feel fully adjusted or secure with their new college life, which includes wearing masks around people you’ve known for years, frequent testing protocols and Zoom school– and that’s OK. 

Lean on those in your community. Lean on The Fit to find commonalities among other college students who are also adjusting to this new way of life. 

While so much is unknown, we are all in this together. Put yourself first, take a deep breath and get ready to crush your academic year. 

XOXO,

The Fit Editors 

Ariana Dimitrakis, Annalise Kelloff, Emily Cooper, Gabi Falk, Julia DiRubbo and Shana Lichaw