Times of uncertainty, like these, provide opportunities to reflect on the significance of having family and friends with whom we can share and feel supported.
We want you to know that you can count not only on your loved ones, but also on the entire team at Texas Tech-Costa Rica. As your Red Raider family, we want you to feel safe and supported. Therefore, let’s take advantage of this moment to reflect upon what this situation means in our lives and what we can learn from it.
In order to stay safe, we have no choice but to confine ourselves to our homes. We might wish to see friends or extended family, but for the moment, we all must rely on technology to connect. Staying in touch is the best way to weather this storm and build community.
We have all had to change our habits and daily routines since staying at home does not just keep ourselves healthy, but also our communities. Texas Tech-CR has worked hard to migrate to 100% virtual instruction in the most seamless way. Our professors are not only teaching but are also holding virtual office hours where students can discuss coursework or just connect to check in. We have also taken our student-led tutoring center completely online. In our virtual tutoring space, peer tutors are there to answer questions and support our student body. Creating new ways to connect during this unique time has meant innovating, and there is something exciting about rising to that challenge.
Let’s use this time to be productive and remain engaged. Let’s not allow hours and days to go by without having accomplished something great. We are all certainly welcome to sit back and continue watching our favorite shows, but also allow yourself to embark on a journey of self-improvement that could easily change your life. When the day seems long, think about all the things you’ve always wanted to learn but have never had the time to embark on. Learn a new language, take up painting or try your hand at playing an instrument. Use this time efficiently to reconnect with your family and friends, reach out to those with whom you have lost contact and make time for yourself. This is a rare opportunity to find out what you like and what you want to do.
We must remain engaged and positive. There is no doubt that this virus will diminish and our lives will go back to “normal” but perhaps it will be a new “normal.” For the meantime, the one thing we know for sure is that our Red Raider family is anxiously waiting to see you all again and welcome new members with open arms. But for now, stay home, stay healthy and learn something new.