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School during COVID-19: A new challenge

Author: Heena

COVID and school, two things you never want to hear together. But this is the reality for the thousands of students who returned to school this year. Instead of shopping for clothes and new notebooks, hand sanitizers and masks became the first priority. Starting school itself is already a daunting task for many students. But now there’s even more uncertainty on how things will unfold.

Whether you’re scared about your grades or how you will make friends, these reminders will help you get through the school year.

1. You’re not alone

It may feel like you’re the only one struggling to grasp the uncertainties of the world around you. But in reality that’s not the case, the pandemic has shaken everyone’s lives in many different ways. Next time that creeping anxiety begins to fill your mind look around you and remember that you’re not alone in your struggles.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Everybody is new to the recent reality of the pandemic. It’s likely that your fellow students and teachers are also just learning these new norms in life. So if you have trouble with adjusting to new measures, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for a helping hand. Teachers and staff are more than willing to accommodate and listen to your concerns. You’d be surprised how willing others are to help when you just ask. Remember the community you have behind you.

3. Think positively

Try to look for the positives still around us and do your best to be optimistic about this rough patch in our lives. It’s not easy to avoid the constant stream of negative news that has taken over all media. But focusing on the good can help filter out and block the negativity that has taken over. Holding onto that positive attitude can be enough to help you make it through the day.

I want to share one piece of advice I got on the first day of grade ten: “Just breathe.” Just two words but it was enough to help me survive the entire school year.

When life gets tough and the world seems out of control, sometimes all you can do is keep moving forward. If things start to get difficult, remember to take a deep breath and keep moving.

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