Unexpected Twist

Whew… To the rising freshman or the soon to be graduate,

Where do I begin? As I sit and reminisce, I can’t help but wonder at the fact that it was just months ago that I was entering my last spring semester of classes for my undergrad year here at Radford. Coming into college, people always told me to live my life while I’m here. “You only get one undergrad experience.” or, “Four years will be over before you know it.”

Man, if you would have told me I was going to end my last spring semester this way, I probably would have told you that you’ve lost your mind…or something along those lines. But I guess God had other plans for us.

And here we are. With five weeks remaining in the semester. For some of you, this might be your last spring semester of undergrad, and some of you are incoming freshman. You might even be a rising sophomore, and you are just about to finish your first year of college. You may even be the first person in your family to go to college!

For some of us, we are about to conquer what come call “the big world”. This is where all our hard work pays off. All of the long, stressful, exhausting, emotional, all -nighter’s come into play.

Nobody really knows what obstacles you had to overcome to get to where you are today except for you.

Right now, there is college student out there ready to give up. They are overwhelmed with the extra amount of work that some professors may be putting on us just because they’re not meeting face to face.

I don’t know what you’re going through, but I’m here to tell you don’t give up. This is an adjustment for everyone and even though the finish line might seem so vague so far, it’s closer than you think.

One day, I was listening to a sermon online that talked about perspective, gratitude, and being thankful. It was titled, “Stop Complaining.” Now, as a religious person, after listening to it I felt myself looking at this situation in a different light.

I started developing a new perspective.

I’m not going to lie, when all of this COVID-19 mess finally started to be taken seriously, I was upset and irritated. The virus spread led to all my plans coming to a halt. Trips were instantly being cancelled, big events were rescheduled, and places started to close.

In a world filled with chaos right now, it can be hard to separate yourself. It can be hard to stay positive through it all. It can be hard to see the finish line or the end result.

However, unexpected events present new perspectives. A new way of thinking. A clear mind. Whatever you want to call it.

You might find yourself using this time to rest, workout, finally start that business proposal you’ve been putting off for so long, or pick up a new hobby.

For others, it might be a hard transition. People are trying to stay busy, and trying not to let boredom take over. Some are coping with depression or anxiety from being in the house all day or not being able to see certain people. For other still, it might just be “senior-itus” creeping in.

I know it is hard, but there are some tips that might help you. Feed your mind, body and soul during your down time or when you feel overwhelmed. Read an inspirational quote a day to get you going.

The NJBC Women Empowering Women magazine also have provided a few important suggestions during this time:

  1. Getting enough sleep so you’ll be well rested
  2. Practice meditation to clear your mind and center your emotion
  3. Change your comfort zone by changing your environment from time to time.

Although we are on lock down at the moment, try and take a walk to keep your body healthy and vibrant. We’re almost there.