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Dear future grad, it's going to be okay…

Wow, what on earth is going on?

The winter 2020 semester was an all or nothing moment for us all. If you’re graduating this year, you don’t need me to tell you what the scramble of COVID at school looks like… You already know. The one thing I can tell you is that it’s true, you’re going to be okay.

One of the reasons I was so excited to work as an OLTC, as a graduate, is because I know what it’s like trying to finish school during this mess. I finally have the opportunity to help the students in the best way I can think of! Our team is working so hard to make sure that this semester is as accessible, stress-free, and manageable as possible. The OLTCs are partnering with your professors to help them move online so you won’t have to worry about the technical difficulties, and the transition will be smoother for everyone.

There are only a few things I can mention that you should focus on this year:

Please take care of yourself! Be selfish when you need to protect yourself but be caring when others need you. There’s no guarantee that this semester will go as planned but there are things that you can do to make sure it ends successfully.

TAKE. SOME. GRAD. PHOTOS. I can’t emphasize this enough! I postponed it too long and now I have nothing. I wanted to wait until graduation day but now my attire will consist of athleisure and a messy bun while I watch the virtual graduation from my couch, alone. Don’t do what I did. You have worked too hard for this moment so don’t take it for granted.

The next thing you can do is prepare, prepare, prepare! I must admit, I’m a champion procrastinator but this is not the time for that. Get what you need to get through your final year. Buy those study snacks, drink that coffee, go for a walk, pet that dog (unless you’re allergic, then just admire it). Every ounce of effort you put into yourself and your education will pay off in the end. Don’t be afraid to ask for help too. Seriously, you don’t need to be shy or feel like you’re bothering someone if you ask for help. Your professors are here to help you and we are making sure of that. We are working to make sure you have all of the wonderful services Bishop’s offers wherever you are.

I wish you all the best this year and I hope you take good care. The class of 2020 will be celebrating with you next summer and we will raise a toast, to both of us!

-Sofia Marhue

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