Top 10 Ways to Prepare for College As You’re Social Distancing
Hey, class of 2020. We see you.
We know this isn’t how your senior year was supposed to be.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re likely finding yourself attending school virtually, seeing your friends only via video chats, missing all of the end-of high-school stuff you’ve been looking forward to…the list goes on. The struggle is real, but we want you to know that we’re here for you.
While we can’t change what’s going on, we can give you some advice to help alleviate some of the stress that you might be feeling about making your college plans. Check out these handy tips, and feel free to reach out to us if we can help further!
1. Listen to uplifting music
No matter what’s going on in our lives, music — especially inspirational music — can make all the difference in our mood, and inspire us to be productive. Want to listen to something new? Stream our campus worship band, SEU Worship, on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube!
Fun fact: SEU Worship signed with Sony label Provident Music Group in August of 2019.
2. Experience a virtual visit
Whether you’ve visited SEU before or you were planning to do so this spring, be sure to check out our Virtual Visit! From our 360 views of campus to ways to learn about life at SEU, it’s the next best thing to being here.
3. Engage through social media
Follow us @seuniversity on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to connect with our community and feel part of your future college home. From info about our academic programs to inspiring scripture to important updates to Instagram contests, you’ll always be happy to see us in your feed.
4. Connect with your SEU admission counselor
Our SEU admission team is your go-resource for all your questions about financial aid, submitting your required admission documents, grabbing your spot at SEU, and registering for your first semester of classes. If your SAT/ACT plans have been impacted by the shutdown of testing, don’t stress — your admission counselor will work with you. Don’t know who to contact? Find your admission counselor here or contact email@example.com or 800.500.8760.
Fun fact: Our admission team is housed in our brand new welcome center!
5. Complete your FAFSA
If you haven’t already, now’s the perfect time to complete your Free Application For Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). This essential, federal form determines your availability for all types of financial aid. Get started at SEU.edu/FAFSA, and check out this article for some tips.
6. Apply for scholarships
Free money for college? Yes, please! There are so many scholarships out there, so take advantage of this extra time at home to research and apply for as many as possible. Our scholarship page is a great place to start, and check out this article for some application tips. Don’t forget to check in with your high school guidance counselor for ideas, too.
Fun fact: Our president, Dr. Kent Ingle, wrote the book on getting college financial aid and acclimating to college life. (Literally. Grab your free copy of The Modern Guide to College here.)
7. Find opportunities for spiritual enrichment
Whether it’s through streaming your church’s weekly service, listening to your favorite inspirational podcast, or through a daily devotional, taking time to focus on your faith can carry you through all the ups and downs.
Fun fact: SEU is offering Daily Devos from our staff! Catch up here, and follow us on social to get each day’s devo directly in your feed.
8. Get an accountability partner
Enlist the help of a friend, family member, youth pastor, or neighbor. Having an accountability partner (or partners!) is a great way to keep yourself on track. Set small, measurable goals each week, and have your partner(s) keep you accountable via text, email, or video chat. Some examples of small goals could be applying for at least one scholarship per week, reading up on your intended major, and finding the answer to at least one college-related question. Be sure to celebrate your successes!
9. Take care of yourself and your loved ones
From healthy eating to home-based exercise to getting enough sleep, there is plenty you can do to encourage an overall sense of well-being for yourself and everyone in your home.
Fun fact: You can find almost any type of resource you need online! Check out this list of handy resources, compiled by our Health Services and Campus Counseling teams, to support your physical and mental well-being during this time.
- Right Now Media— Bible study and Christian media content
- Hope for the Heart— Biblical counseling resources
- The Hope Line— Christian emotional support ministry with COVID-19
- Soul Time— Christian meditation/breathing app
- Thrive Global— Helpful articles updated regularly
- Working From Home
- Small Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health During a Pandemic
- 15 Non-Cheesy Mantras That Will Immediately Boost Your Confidence
- Astronauts Share Insightful Tips for Living in Isolation
- Advice for Actors: How to Stay Calm
- Guided Rest Practices
- The 9 Best Online Therapy Programs of 2020
Apps & Resources
- Calm App
- Downdog Yoga (free for three months)
- Deep Sleep (costs $2.99)
- Adidas Runtastic: 3 months free in-home workouts
Nike Training App
10. Give yourself grace
During this season of waiting, give yourself the grace to know that it’s ok to not have it all figured out. Lean into the resources available to you, ask for help when you need it, and take breaks to keep from getting overwhelmed.
And remember, you’re important. You have purpose. And we’re with you.