Hang in There and Keep Your Skills Sharp!

March 17, 2020
Posted in Student Tips
March 17, 2020 ACS

The recent news of school closings might worry you, or you might simply view it as a welcome vacation. However you feel about it, we know that you probably don’t want to get rusty during the break. Rest assured that life will soon return to normal; when it does, you’ll be glad you kept your academic skills polished!

So with that in mind, here are a few ideas for spending this unexpected break productively.

Read. With social activities restricted, boredom is soon to set in. Keep in mind that reading is not only great for polishing your writing skills and expanding your worldview. It’s also a great way to pass the time.

Decades ago, library closures might have hindered our ability to obtain fresh reading materials during a time like this. Luckily we can download ebooks today, or order print copies from sites like Ebay. One quick tip: Since Amazon has currently suspended shipping on items other than medical supplies and household staples, you might have better luck on other sites right now.

Keep a journal. What we’re currently experiencing is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Recording your thoughts can help you to gain perspective, and record interesting stories to pass down in the family someday. It might even help you organize your thoughts for a scholarship or college entrance essay.

Keep a regular sleep schedule. With luck on our side, classes will resume in just a few weeks. Try not to interrupt your sleeping cycles now, because the readjustment could be difficult.

Pick up extra hours at work. If you work in a retail location that is remaining open, or a restaurant that is transitioning to pick-up only, now is the time to earn some extra money. Take advantage of the opportunity to bulk up your college savings or stash a down payment for a car.

Contact your school. If you have any questions, contact your school for updates. A secretary or the guidance counselor can point you in the right direction.

Maintain some normal routines. Get dressed in the morning, even if you aren’t going anywhere. Get outside a bit (in the backyard if necessary). Go for a drive with a family member. Do as many “normal” things as possible, without violating current recommendations. Physical safety comes first, but a semblance of normal life can help to protect your mental health.

Talk about it. Some people feel anxiety over current events, and that’s perfectly normal. Don’t bottle it up inside. Your parents, another trusted relative, or your school counselor can lend an ear and help you process your feelings.


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