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Under-Scheduled and Overwhelmed

Aug 03, 2020 01:10PM ● By Isabella Dussias

So, how are teens feeling this summer? Certainly, there are teens who definitely feel overwhelmed. While we might have gotten more free time due to the pandemic, it has also allowed more time to focus on uncertainties. There are so many things to think about these days. Keeping things in perspective is important for us all.

Many of our settled decisions have been uprooted by COVID-19. In looking to the future there is now a struggle to decide whether to go away to college or attend a community college to stay closer to home. Some are considering a gap year before pursuing higher education. These difficult decisions have gotten more complex for my generation. As we become young adults, getting advice from those that are older is helping us with this process. Knowing that we are all in this together and the reminder that we just need to take it one step at a time is helpful as we decide our best moves into the future. It is more complicated in these uncertain times, but it is good to try to not become overwhelmed. 

Wishing you good health!

Isabella Dussias is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter/composer from New Jersey. She enjoys writing about issues that are important to today’s youth, and she believes music is an important outlet to connect people and share messages through the creativity of lyric and melody. For more information, please visit