Over extended, IMSA students will return to their homes for at least three and a half days, during which they may be exposed to the outside world and its happenings. As you may guess, these three and a half days are extremely dangerous for IMSA students, so the Acronym has composed a list of do’s and don’ts to help you stay healthy and sane while outside the bubble.
- DO slowly acclimate yourself to the outside news. It’s good to be a participating member of society who’s aware of what’s happening in the world. While you shouldn’t leap right into the news – this might induce Exterior Shock Poisoning – you can slowly acclimate yourself by reading one news article a day.
- DON’T engage in politics. Read about typhoons, floods, and your local business shutting down, but whatever you do, don’t read about politics – especially US politics. The US political landscape is only navigable today by the most experienced of people who live outside the bubble. Even thinking about politics while outside the bubble might cause anger at the world and flailing. Instead, wait until you’re back inside the bubble, where you can engage in politics through the bubble’s distorting lens.
- DON’T speak to your friends about your home school. Engaging in conversation about your home high school will remind you of 9th or 8th grade. If you get caught up in these memories, you will experience Nostalgia Syndrome for the ease of your 9th or 8th grade academic life, and you will never want to return to IMSA ever again.
- DO only speak about IMSA. In order to direct the topic of conversation away from the outside world, make sure you only ever talk about IMSA to anyone you encounter. This will help you maintain the IMSA bubble state around you and guard against external influences. After all, IMSA is your life now. If you only talk about IMSA, even outside of it, have you ever really left?
Now that you’ve been armed with these four tips, you’ll be sure to survive extended. Do your homework, relax, and enjoy yourself, but always remember: you are never safe while outside the bubble.