By Ladonah Jefferson | firstname.lastname@example.org
I agree that it’s hard to ignore the risks in which this semester has brought upon us.
Due to the second wave of the COVID-19 virus, a storm of uncertainty twice its size steadily approaches. It curls over the mountain tops, surfs through the valleys, and as it settles and collects, it finally crawls up our pipelines where it infiltrates our communities on campus.
[epq-quote align=”align-left”]Although the campus continues to run, our questions remain the same.[/epq-quote]
Like most, I know many of us have questioned if Radford University will remain open or close for the remainder of the semester. Most students and faculty members are concerned about the enormous risk of staying on campus while COVID-19 continues to run rapidly amongst the community.
Although the campus continues to run, our questions remain the same.
During my time in quarantine, back in spring, I came up with the Four Walls of Quarantine: Four things that I could utilize to help keep my days separate and my time valuable.
The Four Walls of Quarantine is a concept I practiced earlier this year to ensure my life remained productive and comfortable. It kept my days from slipping together. It also made it easier to do everyday tasks without worrying that they will become mundane or pointless.
The Four Walls are as follows: keeping a routine, eating on a schedule, staying productive, and picking up, or continuing, a hobby.
Having all the time in the world to do the things needed may seem like a dream come true; however, it can also become your worst nightmare. Without the use of a routine, your day loses its foundation and, normalcy becomes warped.
So continuing to shower and eat breakfast in the morning, eating lunch in the afternoon after doing something productive, and then spending your evening indulging in some hobby can incredibly fulfill your day.
Keeping up personal hygiene can have an immense effect on a person’s mental health and productivity. You’re more likely to do tasks better when you feel good about yourself, and what better way to do so than through cleanliness.
So showering at least once a day, keeping up with your skincare routine, or just simply changing out of that one shirt you’ve been wearing for the last three days can heavily impact the tone of the rest of your day.
Productivity is the perfect way to manage your time throughout the day during isolation; you can establish goals and create a daily objective.
[epq-quote align=”align-right”]The Four Walls are as follows: keeping a routine, eating on a schedule, staying productive, and picking up, or continuing, a hobby.[/epq-quote]
Maybe you would be in the mood of self-care. Watching your favorite shows, eating more than once a day, reading, exercising, or even entertaining hobbies are great self-care forms.
While we continue to practice proper precautions and adhere to the statewide mandate, we should still keep in mind that human error is not something that can change overnight.
Despite precautions and mandated PPE, students would rather stay in their room’s confines than risk another outbreak that could potentially end their college life indefinitely for the remainder of the year.
As we keep this in mind, we hope to remember the significance of pursuing our education and persevering through the pandemic.
We must remind ourselves that we each have a purpose here and that no matter the circumstances presented, the environments created, or the limitations executed towards us individually, or as a whole, there’s no doubt we’ll overcome.