COVID-19 | Coping with Change
BY MEGAN WALKER, BOLANTE.NET ADMIN. ASST. & FINANCE SUPERVISOR ( and LINFIELD UNIVERSITY, BSN STUDENT)
As a nursing student in my final weeks of school, I feel the stress and uncertainty that our current pandemic is bringing to the world. As in many other schools, my classes are now online. I have experienced the frustration of being told at noon what the current plan is, only to receive an email two hours later contradicting everything I was told.
Before anything else, know that you are not alone in this time of change and uncertainty. This list is not exhaustive, but may be helpful to you get through.
Be flexible. Most careers will be thrown a few curve-balls. Get comfortable with changes.
Be Patient. Those in higher education making these changes are just as frustrated as you are.
Ask for help. Online education is very different. Ask friends and professors for guidance.
Time management. Just because your class may not be scheduled until Monday, at one o’clock, doesn’t mean you should binge-watch that new show on Netflix. Set a schedule and stick to it.
Real-time simulation. This is a great time to learn how to navigate websites in your field of study. For those in the medical sector, you could keep up with websites like the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization). Stay up to date on the situations and learn how to evaluate sources of information for the reliability. Remember, just because it is on the internet, doesn’t mean it’s true.
Self-Care. We’ve all learned that stress is terrible for you! Take a deep breath and do something relaxing!
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