Constant Change Means Constantly Adapting
Start writing a post

Constant Change Means Constantly Adapting

Its been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic required us to return home for the safety & wellbeing of students, faculty, and our families. Since then we have gone through more changes then we ever though we could, adapting to the best of our abilities to keep us and our loved ones healthy.

Constant Change Means Constantly Adapting

Right now, I'm sure everyone's SnapChat memories are showing our final moments at Rutgers before it became apparent that everyone would not be able to return for the rest of the semester. I know my memories are showing friends, laughter, and all the fun that a college girl could have at school. But, things are different now. Its been a year, way beyond the two weeks that Rutgers initially gave us, and it seems like every month something needs to give.

At first it was finishing an amazing in-person semester online. Then it became postponing vacation plans and completing remote internships (if you were lucky enough). Whatever those murder hornets were. This crazy cold weather that we have been experiencing, in Texas particularly. A entire year that has been focused on remote learning and Zoom University rather than the in-person classes we all miss.

Those are only some of the things that we've had to adapt to. But as students, these have been the biggest obstacles in our lives. Although we have adapted and made sacrifices for the better good and the health of the nation, that does not mean we do not resent all of the changes that we've had to make.

I know for me, as a junior in college, I am struggling. I've had to make changes and decisions that I never expected. I've needed to adapt to learning online because despite not having to walk in 14 degree weather, I am not retaining any information. I've had to adapt to the changes in getting work experience to build up my resume during a time that is critical for my growth and performance. I've had to adapt family practices and traditions because COVID has meant that I am not able to see loved ones in person. The list can go on.

And I'm sure all of your lists are just as long, if not longer.

While we are all taught that change is important to life and growth as individuals, this pandemic has showcased that more than ever. Things have been constantly changing whether we like it or not. As students and young adults in life, we have been required to take everything thrown our way with a grain of salt. We've needed to adapt to the situation and move on. Our lives are very different now compared to how they were progressing a year ago. We are different now. The constant change has meant constantly adapting for the better.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments