By Tiger Shi
Web Content Contributor
Similar to what faculty and student organizations are doing, KTSW is preparing to adjust for the fall semester. These are tough times. We are already dealing with the stressful workload, rising tuition costs, apartment/living expenses– and now a pandemic.
I took a moment on the airwaves to address solutions for this academic year with Web Content Assistant Manager Ally Bolender and Production staff member Dylan Starkey.
Dylan Starkey (DS): What is some advice for studying on-campus?
Ally Bolender (AB): I think studying outside would be the best to slow the spread. There’s an area outside Derrick Hall with the hammocks. That’s is my favorite study area.
Tiger Shi (TS): If the weather is a little bad like light rain, you could still study outside. For example, there’s a covered (awning) spot outside of Jones Dining Hall.
AB: It also helps a lot to get together with friends on Zoom or FaceTime to review notes taken from a lecture without risking your health. Also, be sure to use a planner or set up a virtual calendar to keep track of tasks.
TS: Sometimes it might be a little difficult to socially distance if you are studying indoors. For example, I am moving in my new apartment and the area where I would study with roommates would be a little crowded. It’s important to keep distance if you were to study inside.
AB: But most importantly, with everything that’s going on, remember that it’s okay to be overwhelmed. It’s a good idea to do a wellness check on mental health to make sure everything is going to be okay.
TS: It’s also a good idea to take study breaks because it can be a stress-reliever in dealing with everything at once.
DS: Tiger, you wrote an article addressing this topic. Would you mind sharing it with us?
TS: Yes, so last month I wrote an article that address what students should do to stay safe. It started when my parents came back from China early and since then; they’ve been professionals at avoiding infection. They quarantine mail (for three days because the virus survives that long) and take a shower after running errands. While it may be good to wash hands and sanitize hands often, it’s preferable to take a shower since the virus could survive on hair. Be sure to wipe down groceries and take care of your pets. Lions and Tigers were known to be infected!
DS: Any final thoughts from both of y’all?
AB: Even though we are going through a tough time, be sure to remain calm. Y’all may be stressed from school, work or from any other situation. Mental health checks are good in order for us to stay safe on the “inside” as well.
TS: I agree, I think college itself is already stressful and now we’ve got a pandemic on our hands it seemed like it got ten times worse. Have no fear because all the changes we will see are lifestyle ones. Returning students: it will be challenging, I know you wanted to relax and let loose a little, but we have to adjust to new “restrictions.” For new students: I understand you did not graduate high school just to see Coronavirus in your college life. That’s why it’s important to stay motivated while applying safety measures. Overall, everyone: we’ve got this. We shall not let a crown-shaped abomination mess up our education.
Additionally, I have done a little of my own investigation that I forgot to mention on-air. While it may be the City of San Marcos that has a terrifying 1,000+ cases, however for the TXST student body: it’s only 0.0032% of Bobcats that tested positive. That doesn’t mean we should hold “COVID parties,” but rather we should still be careful by socially distancing and wearing masks.
We shouldn’t lower our guard facing a virus with a high survival rate. We should do our duty to slow the spread and protect the vulnerable (elderly and people with preexisting conditions).