Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. If you had asked me back in January when Apple News said there was a “mysterious virus” affecting China, if I thought it was going to involve this, I would have shrugged. But like Murphy’s Law states, if shit is going to happen, it will. But it doesn’t mean we have to be instigators. We need to wash our hands, we need to stay healthy, and we need to be respectful of people living in underprivileged areas, people with compromised immune systems, and others that are more at risk to COVID-19. More so, during this time of ~virtual learning~ we need to remember the following things:
Be nice to your professors. They are very stressed and confused right now too. Even though Drew kept sending us emails about “preparing for the possibility of going online,” it is evident after President Baenninger’s email from Tuesday that no one was actually prepared to go online this urgently.
The world isn’t ending. Sure, the media might be saying otherwise, but we as a population go through yearly crises. Remember Ebola, SARS, Swine Flu? 2012? Also, the seasonal flu STILL exists. Whatever the reason, we need to put one foot in front of the other and move forward. Make your beds. Take your showers. Eat your vitamins. Go to your Zoom classes.
Take time for yourself. If you’re able to and choose to live at home like I myself am doing for these next few weeks, it might feel daunting to get homework done. You might feel distracted. I know for me personally, because one of my family members has memory loss and I am a caregiver for them, these next few weeks are going to be interesting. If you choose or need to stay on campus, you might be faced with different obstacles. Because all of our classes are now online, you might find it difficult to turn off your brain from being in class mode. Similarly, if you feel like you’re going to struggle putting your brain in classroom mode, create a good “classroom space” for yourself. Sit or stand somewhere you feel like you will concentrate well in (probably not your bed). But also, take time to unwind. Give yourself breaks. Watch TV. Enjoy time with your friends. Go on a walk.
Finally, take care of yourself. As mentioned before, wash your hands. Even though it is a meme now, be grateful you live in a place where hand soap is still available and can be used. Some people don’t have access to it. So sing your ABC’s or whatever Top ‘80’s chorus you want, but be mindful of your own health and of others. Just because this disease isn’t impacting you, doesn’t mean it will impact your friends, your family, your teachers and those close to you. Does this mean you should panic about this? No. In reality, the statistics show that we lose more people a year to the seasonal flu according to health.com. People are panicking because this virus is new. So instead of panicking, wash your hands. Do the things you know you can do to prevent the spread.
Because the acorn is online this week, I leave you with a nice reminder in these hectic times:
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Sydney is a junior English Major