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Many of you are facing a different summer from what you had planned a few months ago. If your study abroad trip was canceled, your research project was rescheduled, or you just planned to hang out with friends and family, you’re moving on to plan B.
But even if you’ve already made alternate plans, rescheduled a trip or switched to a virtual internship, you’re probably still grieving your original experience — and that’s okay. Try these four strategies to help you revise your plans and sort out your feelings this summer.
When you’re feeling this way, don’t just sweep it under the emotional rug and move on. Let yourself feel and reflect on why you’re feeling the way you are. It might be simple: you’re disappointed because you had a study abroad trip planned and now it’s canceled. If that’s what’s bringing you down, that’s okay. It’s important to acknowledge your feelings as valid, no matter how large or small you feel your experience is. To learn more about understanding your feelings of grief during COVID-19, start with this blog post.
One thing you should let go of right now is any guilt you’re feeling. Yes, there are people in worse situations than you, there always will be. But even when you’re not going through something objectively awful, it doesn’t mean you can’t be disappointed and upset about your current situation. So drop any feeling you may have that your disappointment isn’t valid, and keep moving forward.
Although you’re acknowledging your grief and freeing yourself of guilty feelings, you shouldn’t simply sit around and mourn your previous plans all summer. Take a summer class, work on improving your career prospects, or just do something that will help you keep your mind on other things and help you have as productive a summer as possible.
For anyone missing their study abroad experience or interested in an exciting global opportunity, check out the ASU Study Abroad Office’s new Global Virtual Internship program. You’ll be placed in an individualized program with a company in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Florence, London, Shanghai or Sydney for a global internship from the comfort and safety of your home.
Last but not least, keep your head up. Yes, you’ve been dealt a tough blow by having your plans canceled. But you’re going to be okay. Your safety is a priority and above all else that’s what you need to put first. With perseverance and positive energy, you’ll come out of this mentally stronger than before and ready to deal with anything.
Let us know what your revised summer plans are and how you’re dealing with resetting your expectations by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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