Tiff and Earl

by The Cowl Editor on September 3, 2021




Dear Tiff and Earl,

It’s been so long since I’ve had to attend class in person. I’m so used to sitting on my bed and using my phone during class. How do I adjust to being a normal, functioning student again?


Still In My Pajamas


Dear Sloth,

It’s a good idea, when you enter a new, dangerous environment, to surround yourself with things that will remind you of your happy place: a pillow, a stuffed animal, a special blanket, maybe a few scented candles. Maybe sing yourself a little lullaby and ask your professor and classmates to join. How poorly can it go? The odds that you were ever a “normal, functioning student” to begin with are low…




Dear Zoned-out Zoomer, 

As somebody who thrived on Zoom, I now also struggle to function in my in-person classes. My advice to you is to find a few students in the same boat as you and instantly befriend them. These can be the people you end up having staring contests with while you’re zoning out in class, which will provide ample entertainment when your teachers are lecturing. Said friends will also be key people to vent to, who can assist you with the looming workload of in-person classes. Making friends can be tough, but don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and talk to the people in your classes! 

From A Social Butterfly,