Right now, you’re probably just sitting at home and thinking that the COVID-19 situation has put all your study abroad plans on hold. If you’re just waiting around for things to get better, why not use this precious time to do some research and make a fresh plan??
After all, Charles Darwin once said," It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage time.”
Now, this doesn't mean that you need to step out of the house and risk your lives. You can make alternative plans for your abroad education from the comfort of your home. All that you need to do is to make sure you have a better internet connection.
So, here are some list of engaging activities that you could do during the COVID-19 lockdown:
This is a good time to catch up on an online course that complements your course study or any of your field of interest. You can choose a course which you feel will be helpful to start your abroad study journey. Online learning platforms like Coursera, Udemy, Skillshare, futurelearn and MasterClass are offering a catalog of free courses for students who have been impacted by coronavirus. So, utilize this time and learn something which will help you at a later stage.
Nowadays, everyone is a star, thanks to social media. Young adults now are creating and posting their own content on the internet and growing an audience like never before! This might be a great time to explore your interest and develop new skills or rekindle old passions.
During this pandemic, you can utilize your time by reading news, articles, story archives or any interesting article for about 30-40 minutes everyday and try to reveal your understanding of it. While doing this activity, underline the new words , note down in your diary and memorize them. Try to use these words in your speaking. This will definitely help you with your IELTS practice.
In these critical circumstances, it’s quite imperative to be aware of all the developments taking place in the overseas education industry due to coronavirus, such as travel restrictions, change in application process for international students, newly introduced timelines for admission process , updates on intake etc.
You must get going with constant research online pertaining to new opportunities to study abroad. This can be anything updated on specific country, province, university/college, program, exams, entrances, applications etc. Just keep brainstorming!
One of the most important factors is to plan your intake wisely, especially in these difficult times, all you have is sufficient time to plan. So, select an intake which does not clash with any of the quarantine regulations in the respective country.
Even Though you may not have access to the gym, you can look ino online training portals and even on youtube for some fitness workouts. There are numerous exercises that can be done within your living rooms. We just need to remember that fitness helps to keep the mind distracted, focused and strong.
In many places, when you are under a strict stay-indoors mandate, you are still allowed to go outside for exercise while still following self quarantine rules( definitely not in groups but while staying at least six feet away from each other). Similarly, you can also divert your mind by engaging in yoga, meditation. It helps people to stay calm but also enables many individuals to stay focused, remain present and appreciate what they have.
Well, these are some of the things that you can do during this quarantine period. It's true! When the going gets tough, the tough gets going! Take a moment and take a deep breath. This is going to be over soon and you will be stronger than ever.
Stay Healthy, Stay Home and Stay Safe!