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The Quarantine Grind

In this time of uncertainty and hardship, it’s easy to feel unmotivated and disconnected from our normal routines. What are we supposed to do with all this extra free time? How are we supposed to feel motivated to get out of our beds and get dressed every morning? Lauren Towne (’20), Ali Cordano (’20), and […]

In this time of uncertainty and hardship, it’s easy to feel unmotivated and disconnected from our normal routines. What are we supposed to do with all this extra free time? How are we supposed to feel motivated to get out of our beds and get dressed every morning? Lauren Towne (’20), Ali Cordano (’20), and Lolo Larraguivel (’20) have developed new goals to sustain their ambition during this undemanding time.

Lauren will be continuing her academic and soccer career at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. The expectations of being a Division I student athlete are quite demanding, so her main focus right now is to prepare herself academically and athletically for her college experience.

The book Lauren is reading to develop her mental outlook.

“I run the ‘beep test‘ almost every day, I do workouts given to me by my strength coach, and I train by myself on a field to work on the technical side of soccer” Lauren says.

As she prepares athletically for college, she also been working on her mental toughness. She has been practicing mental training by reading books about all the psychological components that go into being a successful athlete. She understands that in order to do well, she has to be well rounded in her mental and physical game.

“I work on implementing what I’ve learned from those books into my life when I face adversity; similar to the time we are living in right now” Lauren explains.

Similar to Lauren, Ali’s main focus has been staying active and being outside. With both her volleyball and swim season cancelled, Ali has been forced to explore new ways to exercise. Her days consists of daily runs/bike rides with her sister, at home ab workouts, and laying in the sun. Her and her sister motivate each other through their competitive nature and sisterly rivalry.

Ali enjoying a nice bike ride in Land Park.

With this unwarranted change, Ali speaks about her personal growth and understanding during quarantine.

“On the bright side of this very dim situation, quarantine has definitely taught me a lot of self-discipline. I know that if I want to feel healthier I will need to workout on my own.”

Self-discipline stems from strong mental health. Lolo’s main goal in quarantine is to strengthen her mental health and stability. She practices self-care by dedicating one to two hours a day to roller skating. She also has been forming a better sleep regimen and is driven by wanting to better herself.

“My mental health is my motivation for all of this. If I feel good, then I am good” Lolo says. She also includes that her friends play a large role in her self-development. They serve as her support system by assisting her in overcoming her personal battles.

Each and every one of us is fighting our own battles while having to deal with this global crisis. Adjustments have been made that feel uncomfortable and discouraging. It’s up to us to develop with change by setting goals that give us incentive and keep us hopeful.

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