Home Away From Home
During my time at Missouri State, I have realized this campus is not only where I come to learn, it is where I am comfortable, where I can focus, and where I go when I need help from someone. It has become my home. And although this COVID-19 pandemic has sent all of us back to our homes elsewhere, it feels like it has done the complete opposite.
A Few Weeks Later
These few weeks of quarantine have been interesting to say the least. We are currently in the midst of registration, regular school work, and finals week creeping up on us. It’s almost like a cherry on top of our COVID-19 sundae! All jokes aside, it’s easy to see how all of this can be stressful for us, and makes it seem scary moving forward.
So What Are We Going To Do?
As things have progressed, I have heard from a lot of people about their struggles and fear of what has been going on. Some people feel like they have lost valuable time on campus, found work harder in our current format, and are worried about what will happen in the following semesters. First, I would like to say I am always thankful that people share with me their feelings and concerns, because I am always glad to do my best in helping others get through hardships. So with this in mind, I want to help reassure everyone that things will be okay. Our Missouri State staff are working hard to find every way to help us through these tough times because they truly do care about us. And we have to remember that we are MSU students most importantly. I have seen some of the most amazing students in my time here, and it makes me have great confidence that we will all find success moving forward. We are all here for a reason!
Because our semester is coming to a close and finals week is on it’s way, I wanted to remind everyone of some great ways to feel prepared and relax in these last few weeks. When it comes to studying, make sure to cut out time during the day for studying. Because we are at home, it’s easy for us to overlook what we might need to get done. If you get a little stressed out, always make sure to take a break. This could be playing video games, talking with your family, or wrestling with your dog. As long as it’s something you can enjoy, because I think having a little fun is always important. Lastly, find some time to truly relax and take your mind off things. Possibly take a walk, sit outside and watch a sunset, or maybe even lay down and close your eyes for a while. Finding some time to reset your brain and get a fresh head is super important for our health and academic success. I hope all of these tips help everyone out, and I wish everyone the best of luck.
(Bio: My name is Michael Rexroad, a transfer student from Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City. I am a junior currently studying cell and molecular biology with a minor in chemistry.)