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Encouraging Message for Students During Difficult Times From Lisa Shatz

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We know things have been hard lately. Classes are now virtual; you can't go to events on campus with your friends or meet up with colleagues for lunch. Hardly anything is the same as it was just two months ago.

So, what can we learn, what can we do that will help us deal with our current situation? Assistant Dean for MBA Programs at UT Dallas Lisa Shatz offers words of encouragement, and shares two life lessons she is incorporating into her life right now.

Watch Lisa Shatz’s message below:

Hi, my name is Lisa Shatz. I'm assistant dean for MBA programs at UT Dallas, doing a reach-out to some of you.

Lessons to learn through the pandemic

I'm here to share with you two lessons I've learned that are helping me get through this COVID-19 situation.

The first lesson is not to focus on the what ifs. I had a situation last year where a member of my family got really ill. I spent countless hours worrying about: What would happen if that person passed away? What would happen if something happened with our health insurance? What if we were eaten up by medical bills?

But, you know what? None of those things happened. And I spent all that time worrying about the what ifs instead of focusing on what I could do that day to make things better.

The second is: I'm, like a lot of people out there, a perfectionist. I want to do everything perfectly. But the second lesson is: Sometimes we have to forgive ourselves for just doing the best we can. A situation like this, where we all have all the same work we usually have, we're probably implementing a lot of additional things because of COVID-19. We're dealing with elderly parents or in my case, teenagers — for a lot of people, little kids that take a lot of time — we all just have so much more on our plate.

So, we're not going to be able to do things perfectly. All that we can do is, every day, focus on doing the best we can. So, an example: It's three o'clock in the afternoon, and I'm still in my pajama pants. My teenagers just gave my two huge dogs a bath, and there is water everywhere in my house.

But, you know what? I did the best I could to get my work done. My family is here, they're safe and sound, and I'm doing OK.

I'm just doing the best I can.

I hope you can do the same, and I hope you can focus on forgiving yourselves if you're not perfect. And remember: We're not gonna’ let COVID-19 beat us.

Lisa Shatz

Assistant Dean for MBA Programs

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