Encouragement from a Spirit Scholar

We asked our Spirit Scholars for some words of encouragement and advice for their peers and fellow scholars during these challenging and uncertain times of the COVID-19 crisis and country’s lockdown. Here is some fantastic advice from one of our Matric scholars:

Hi everyone, so life is indeed throwing us a curve ball and we are currently faced with a vast variety of challenges but just because things seem bad doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. Yes, the lockdown may seem scary but even with something this sudden and radical, there is always some positive that can emerge. The most important advice I can offer is that you must not fall out of a routine. It will be so easy to remain in that holiday mode and continue to stay up into the early hours of the morning thinking you can just sleep into the next afternoon, but it is important to create some sort of structure and force yourself to head to bed at a reasonable time and wake up relatively early. The holidays are in fact officially over and so you need to create a schedule for yourself so that you still are completing the work that was assigned to you but also thriving in a relaxed environment. It’s all about finding a balance.

If you’ve ever wondered what homeschooling is like, here is your chance, so embrace it and try to make the most of being able to learn your work the way you feel benefits you most. Whether that’s standing around your room and speaking your notes aloud or writing on a whiteboard or watching videos and visualizing the more challenging topics. Try a learning style that you haven’t before and see how it works for you. You can also slow the pace of your learning to ensure you understand the concepts especially since you don’t have a teacher explaining it to you. This may require more time and effort on your part but just remember that every bit of effort you put in will pay out in the end. All of these are simply suggestions if you are feeling panicked about the school time you are missing.

The lockdown is in some way giving you a whole level of independence and it is entirely up to you to make the most of it. Because you are most likely going to enjoy the time off school, you will be sure to note how fast it will go by once you are preoccupied. It is for this reason that every moment counts. You need to maximize all you time in the most productive way possible. I am not saying every second needs to be spent on schoolwork, there is a time and a place for everything. Use some of this time to strengthen your relationship with you family. Speak to your parents, play with your little brothers and sisters and catch up on some of that quality time that school often occupies.

Don’t forget to move around and exercise to keep your blood flowing and your body healthy because trust me, I know how easy it is to fall into a “lazing around” mode. Also eat healthily in order to keep your immune system strong. Remember, you do not want to get sick during this time.

Furthermore, use some of this time to relax and just to de-stress. You need to always be taking care of your mental health and focus on feeling happy and fulfilled. Indulge in some of your favourite hobbies like writing a poem or trying out art ideas. If everyone follows the rules that were laid out by the president and remains aware of their surroundings, I am sure that things will not get worse. Stay safe, healthy and positive. There is always light at the end of the tunnel.