Looking back at our mental glow ups.
Believe it or not, the semester is coming to an end.
I don’t know about you, but March 2020 was the longest year of my life. In the span of a few days, we went from business as usual to tackling all our classes online while in self-isolation. It hasn’t been easy.
But, if there’s one positive we can draw from this unprecedented situation, it’s that it’s fostered some serious personal development. We were forced to adapt, hastily, to an incredibly novel and abnormal lifestyle—and, we did it.
For worse or for better, we did it.
Here’s what they had to say:
Danya Elsayed | UofGH
Fourth-year | Media Studies (Public Relations + Journalism)
“Roll with the punches. Don’t stay sad because something didn’t work out. Learn how to adapt, because nothing is ever promised.”
Amy Vong | UofGH
Fourth-year | Psychology
“Being more open to making friends, because you’ll never know when you’ll need a study buddy.”
Judy Jaison | Humber College
Third-year | Bachelor of Paralegal Studies
“Although the COVID-19 pandemic was an unexpected turn of events, we can still take away valuable lessons from these tough times. For myself, as cliché as it sounds, I have learned what it means to ‘count your blessings.’
Forced social distancing has made me realize how privileged I was before. Going outside and hanging out with friends wasn’t problematic and was, in fact, a privilege that I had taken advantage of, among many other activities. However, even through these unprecedented times, we can still be grateful for what we have. We can be grateful for having homes to live in, family, our health, technology, and so much more.”
Addison Cheverie | UofGH
Fourth-year | Media Studies (journalism)
“The biggest thing this year has taught me is that we all need to get better at communicating, whether in person or online.”
Mitch Carreiro | Humber College
Second-year | Business Administration
“The biggest I’d say is simply to keep an agenda. Honestly, it helped me not to forget the small things that can affect your grade gradually.”
Patrisha Oracion | UofGH
Third-year | Media Studies (Digital Communications)
“The biggest lesson I learned this school year is that it’s totally ok to take breaks. Third-year has been the busiest year for me in terms of school, work and my social life, causing my anxiety level to always be at a high.
However, I learned that by taking breaks, I am able to function better and my anxiety definitely decreases. I do things like watch TV with my mom, go on food trips with my friends, sleep, cook or spend time with my brothers.”
Cassandra Constantinou | UofGH
Fourth-year | Media Studies (Public Relations)
“Don’t wait until the last minute to do something.”
Graham Budgeon | Humber College
Fourth-year | Bachelor of International Development
“Three lessons I’ve learned:
1. Once you gain clarity on what excites you, minimize all that would divert focus from it.
2. Confidence is artificial when lacking gratitude.
3. Introspective recalibration is a requirement for building anything sustainable long-term.”
Gianluca Tatone | UofGH
Third-year | Justice Studies
“One of my biggest lessons was time management and staying positive.”
Kim Leon | UoGH
Third-year | Media Studies (Media Business)
“The two biggest lessons I’ve learned from school are that you have to put yourself out there and it doesn’t hurt to try something new.
Some things I consider as putting yourself out there are talking to anyone you see from your classes to events at school and participating in school events that you’re interested in from career expos to real talks. I’ve always told myself I wanted to try something new, but never really put in an extra effort to actually do it. These things help me enjoy my school experience outside of my schoolwork.”
Amy Hasson | Humber College
Second-year | Food and Nutrition Management
“The biggest lesson I’ve learned this year is that when I push myself outside of my comfort zone, as scary as it might be, there’s almost always a benefit out of it—whether that means joining extracurriculars, going for that potential job opportunity or attending networking events to just get yourself out there.
I feel that having that mindset has just put me a step ahead of my classmates and allowed me to really grow this past year.”
Becca Southcott | Humber College
Fourth-year | Bachelor of Digital Communications
“I learned that it’s okay to ask for help! Never be afraid to open up to your professors about where you’re at and where you’d like to be; they are almost always willing to work with you to make sure you get there!
It’s OK to ask for help!”
Casiah Cagan | UofGH
Second-year | Psychology
“I think that the biggest lesson I learned this school year was that some things are simply out of my control. Using my energy to stress out over not getting that job I wanted or that one group member who didn’t contribute to a project so wasn’t worth it!
Once I stopped letting these things get to me and instead focused on the positives—being offered a different position or celebrating those other group members who contributed amazing work—I was so much more at peace with myself and was able to spend my time on the things that really mattered.”
Well said, Humber and Guelph-Humber. Well said.
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