Rolling with the punches, Hurray for coping skills



She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.

-Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010), American attorney, author, health care activist.


Greetings Moose,

This week gives me an opportunity to reflect on this most unusual semester. I feel compelled to give you credit for all the resourceful ways in which you have navigated our time away from each other. 🌟 I am grateful for the ability to stay in touch with many of you, whether it be through one-on-one conversation, email, or social media. I have learned so much from you! Most of you are surviving, some of you are even thriving.


We all have a toolbox of coping strategies to help us through challenging times. These are some of the helpful ideas I am hearing during my conversations with students:

  • Keeping to a fairly consistent routine of sleeping, eating, exercising, relaxing, and studying. You know yourself best and have found ways to keep some semblance of a daily schedule.

  • Participating in University sponsored programs and events. The list is as deep as it is long, but includes things like virtual fitness classes, panel discussions, McGraw Learning Center study sessions, or Career Service Center consultations, MOVIES AND GAMES!

  • Paying attention to your physical and psychological wellbeing. For some of you, it’s been leaning more on your pets, friends, and family. Many of you have found extra joy in cooking, baking, and going out in nature. Many have plugged into helpful resources from UHS and CPS. I am proud of all the ways in which you are tending to your body, mind, and spirit! If you find yourself primarily turning to alcohol or other substances as a coping strategy, pay attention to this; ask yourself if this strategy serves you well. Please know that I can direct you to support and resources, such as UMatter, if or when you decide you might need them.

Contemplating a difficult conversation while at home?

Perhaps you are considering discussing a topic with family members that is difficult or challenging in some way. If this has you feeling unsure, anxious, or ill-equipped to discuss, please know that there are a variety of campus resources ready and able to offer guidance. You can start by talking to your DSL (that’s me!) or reaching out to one of the many resources most comparable to your need.

It’s normal to feel uncomfortable or nervous about broaching a sensitive topic with your loved ones back home. Practicing self-care and leaning on your friends and support system can help. Here is additional support, Moose:


Learn all the ways the Center for Career Development can help you. We know that many of you have summer/post-graduation plans on your mind. You’re not alone if you don’t have anything lined up right now. The Center for Career Development is available to help you figure out your summer/post-graduation plans, or find alternative opportunities if your previous plans fell through.


Be well, live well,

Dr. Cepin

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