Universities Are Sending Students Home Early

What Does That Mean For College Seniors?

by Emilie Peralo

Senior year of college can be an exciting time for soon-to-be graduates. You are finishing up classes, potentially preparing to move into your own place, looking for a full-time job, and of course the commencement ceremony. All of your hard work is summed up by receiving your diploma on a big stage.

For college students this year however, that may not be the case. COVID-19 has taken over the nation. Terms like “social distancing” are being used for the first time. Many colleges have closed to be proactive to slow the spread of the virus. Students are being uprooted, kicked out of their dorms, and leaving campus, for most likely the last time for their college careers. A lot of seniors won’t be engaging in these traditions as others have before them. So what can you do to make it better? Here are a few suggestions.

Maintain a schedule: If classes are being held remotely, try to still wake up at the same time and get dressed. Keeping your routine at a very consistent time can help you get a sense of stability when the rest of the world is unpredictable.

Keep in touch with peers: Text, call, email, or whatever communication is safe. Coordinate with your peers and talk about how you’re feeling about all of this as you are all likely feeling the same way.

Recognize your achievement: Do not let the chaos outshine your academic success. Appreciate all you have done and all you have worked for the same as you would have if you were in school. You’ve earned it over the last few years.

Celebrate however you can: Come up with a way to celebrate while you are in your house, with your family if you can, always prioritizing safety.

Plan to celebrate for when it is safe to go out: Plan something you really want to do to commemorate your achievements while you were in college. For example, you may choose to go to your favorite restaurant, take a trip, or have a party, any of which will be fun when all restrictions are lifted.

This is a difficult and challenging time. But finding ways to make the situation as positive as possible can help make it feel less isolating. College students deserve to be rewarded for their achievements and transition out of college as smoothly as possible. Just make sure that you're preserving the safety and health of other members of the community at this difficult time.

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