Surviving Covid-19 in ‘21

Posted On January 8, 2021
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Were you glad to see the end of 2020? Covid-19 forced us to change our way of life. No more handshakes, hugs, or standing next to another person. Those of you who play basketball or are a fan of the sport may be familiar with the 3 feet defensive stance. Who would have thought that everyone in the world would take up the defensive position? Keeping with the basketball analogy, during 2021, we want everyone to take a defensive and offensive position. Offensive as in taking a position to score and win against Covid-19. We encourage everyone to continue the guidance from the Center for Disease Control. Here is our game plan for 2021:

Defense:

  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance.
  • Wear your face covering when outside of your home and on campus.
  • Wash your hands often.

Offense: We want you to have a positive and successful semester. In order to achieve success, we all need to develop a positive mindset. A positive mindset means that you take care of your whole self: mind, body, and soul, and that you believe in your ability to succeed and persevere.

Here are a few strategies:

Mind

  • Reduce your stress level by exercising regularly.
  • Use a calendar, whether on a phone, computer, or paper planner to record assignments and due dates.
  • Develop a positive attitude (yes, I can) and believe in yourself (yes, I will).

Body

  • Eat balanced, healthy meals.
  • Get in at least 30 minutes of exercise per day (150 minutes for the week).
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep. Keep a journal by your bed to write down a to do list. This helps to clear your mind.

Soul

  • What do you need to recharge? Find ways to relax such rediscovering inner child by learning how to play or using an adult coloring book.
  • Get creative on how you can make social connections and maintain social distance. Keep up with friends and over FaceTime, Zoom, or Portal.

The Office of the Dean of Students strives to create a culture of care by offering many services that assist you in taking an assessment of your experiences and can help you with being successful this semester. Join us for programs and workshops through our Creating Effective Citizens series. All programs and workshops are listed in PIN.

  • The Ripple is a series of virtual programs that allow students to engage in relevant, current hot topic discussions. Share how you feel about topics such as consent, Covid-19 impact, and the election.
  • Decision-Making Workshops - Do feel that you could have made better decisions? Did you struggle in making a decision? Have you engaged in conduct that you feel may affect your future? The decision-making workshop strives to give you time for reflection on your actions or inaction and to provide skills on how to make better decisions in the future.
  • Panther Welcome is Georgia State’s official welcome celebration held during the first two weeks of each semester to help our new incoming students become engaged in the life of the university, and welcome back our returning students.

Please take the time to explore our website to see all of the services we offer to support your success.

Contact us anytime at deanofstudent@gsu.edu.

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