Nicole Letendre ’23
With the recent closing of College of the Holy Cross for the remainder of the semester, I am sure that everyone has been feeling disconnected from friends and familiar activities such as clubs, athletics, and in-person academics. This transition from life on campus to life at home may feel not only premature, but also genuinely disappointing. The outbreak of the coronavirus has left many feeling secluded at home, detached from the normalcy of their life at Holy Cross. Amongst all of this change, there are ways to adjust back into life at home while still remaining productive and connected to the culture and community of Holy Cross.
First, with the transition into online academics through platforms such as Zoom and Google Meet, it is important to maintain a consistent workspace. Whether this is in your room, a home office, or kitchen space, creating a study space that mimics the environment of your campus study space can be increasingly beneficial. Maybe that means doing work at a desk (resembling a dorm environment), amidst the hustle and bustle of a kitchen space (mimicking the noise of Cool Beans), or if possible, enjoying some time outside while getting work done in the fresh air. Whatever that space looks like is up to you! It can be an opportunity to incorporate the academic culture of Holy Cross into your home life in a healthy and productive way.
Second, communicating with friends and fellow members of the Holy Cross community through FaceTime, Skype, SnapChat, Instagram, or text can be an essential part of maintaining these connections. Missing out on Kimball lunches special holiday meals will without a doubt be hard, but missing out on friendships would be even harder. Luckily, leaving campus doesn’t force us to settle with this distance. Finding methods of staying connected can close this distance, whether you’re on the West Coast, East Coast, anywhere in between, or even a different country. Ultimately, the best way to combat “Holy Cross homesickness” can be to share memories, laughs, and updates with friends.
Lastly, remember to take care of yourself! There are plenty of ways to stay healthy, mentally and physically, while in quarantine. Waking up at a reasonable time for class, eating balanced meals, and taking a break from schoolwork and the computer are all beneficial ways of combating the drudgery of being confined to your home. Depending on where you call home, taking a walk outside in the fresh air can also be a way to stay physically healthy. Take some time to soak up the sun and enjoy being outside.
Ultimately, there are many ways to stay well, even while away from Holy Cross and your normal routine. Surround yourself with what makes you feel happy and healthy. Maybe this means watching a movie, journaling, drawing, taking a walk, or having a conversation with friends. Maintaining consistency in your life can make a big difference. To all my readers out there, I sincerely hope that you find a schedule that works best for you and that is able to keep you feeling physically and mentally healthy.
Photo by Hui Li ‘21