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Being a freshman after a global pandemic

Updated: Dec 9, 2021

by Ivan Gomez-Lopez

After a year and a half we all have adjusted to the circumstances brought to us under the pandemic. As the year 2020 went by as one of the most difficult in modern history, we watched from our rooms and beds via Zoom and social media, as Covid-19 worsened, killing millions of people worldwide. We saw politics separate our country, the struggles of online school, and people missed out on time with friends and loved ones. After a year of isolation, it’s expected that it will be difficult to come back. So ready or not, here's some advice I gathered from more experienced classmates on how to adjust being back at school.

  1. We should join more clubs and activities, pay attention in class, and try to be more open to ideas. Find the things that you like to do the most at school and get involved. You are going to be here for a long four years, and you want to make the best of it.

  1. Another good tip is to make new friends with people in your classes. You are going to need help with projects and school work, so it's good to have your go-to study group and to help each other through the school year.

  1. Finally, one more thing that is easier said than done is having confidence. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It's your education, not anyone else’s, so don't be afraid to not know. The last piece of advice is be true to yourself, as cheesy as it sounds.

Take this advice and do with it as you please. One last thing is good luck, freshmen.


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