Thriving in the #newnormal - Video chat 9 (A university student and keen hockey players perspective)


After recording an earlier video chat with track and field coach Gary Telfer, the two of us had a debrief where we shared more positive stories about opportunity and growth. His daughter, Natalie Telfer, piped in and gave her perspective, which left me scratching my head. I put myself in her shoes, remembering when I was 19 at university and tried to imagine what it would feel like to loose all of my freedom and being back at home for an indefinite period. It sent a shiver down my spine, so I got Natalie to join me on this talk series to give her perspective on the lockdown and the challenges she is facing. I hope you enjoy the refreshing honesty of her answers. Spoiler alert: Natalie's response to 'what will you do if lockdown is extended for another 3months?' is priceless.


Here are a few key takeaways:

  • Still dealing with the shock from the abrupt ending of university mid-semester.

  • Daunting having to adapt to new rules at home and loss of freedom.

  • Loss of identity and emotional outlet from missing her university hockey team.

  • Improving the social connectedness of her university hockey team has been key.

  • Making the mental shift to adapt to this situation and cater for all team members.

  • Creating community and connection through Zoom and Tik Tok.

  • Checkout the hockey toilet roll challenge.

  • Gone from 11 hours a week of training to barely 20 minutes a day.

  • Mental drain from being stuck at home.

  • Loss of structure and support from university.

  • Challenge of trying to figure out statistical programming software on your own.

  • Losing motivation because of the uncertainty and lack of ability to plan.


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HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE, I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.




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