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Student Advice

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Living through quarantine at home during a global pandemic does not sound like the ideal way to spend your teenage years, especially your graduation year, but I am managing. I have decided to take this time to improve myself and it has really been a learning experience. I offer advice to any student who may be experiencing something similar to what the students of 2020 have undergone, which is to know that you are not alone. We are all grappling with this new chapter of our lives and it can be very detrimental to your wellbeing. Take all of the time that has been given to you to work on your mental health and practice keeping your physical health in great condition as well.
Personally, I have always had a good head on my shoulders, but the whole CoVid-19 pandemic has been putting me through quite a rough patch. There are just some homework assignments I don't get around to doing because I am classified as an “essential worker” now for both of my jobs, and I typically work 6-7 days a week. I cannot always do my homework, and it causes me a lot of stress to have to choose certain classes’ work to do that seems more important instead of completing all of my homework. Even though I struggle a lot with this, I want others to know that it is perfectly okay if you cannot get everything done. Do as much as you can and speak with your teachers about extensions for your assignments because we all understand that these are trying times for everyone. Make sure to not beat yourself up over how many missing assignments you have! You can get to them whenever it is possible for you.
In addition to asking for extra time when you need it on assignments, you should also take the extra time in your life, when you can, and focus on your mental health. I believe that mental health is a very big priority in one’s life, and that during these hard times, it can be severely impacted. Put yourself first and avoid negative thoughts- this includes detering yourself from belittlement for not being able to complete homework on time. I learned that every night before you sleep, you should try to name at least three things you like about yourself, three things you are grateful for, or give yourself three positive affirmations. You can start with three and work your way up when you can. Although I do not practice this every night, I try to find time in my life when I can. I feel as long as you are trying to improve yourself, you will see the results in due time.
By keeping your mental and physical health in check during these trying times, I guarantee you will be okay. Allow those little mistakes and bursts of laziness, but do not let those consume you. Find the time to check in on your friends and make sure they are holding it together, too. As time progresses, this will be just a learning experience in your lifetime.

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