Stay at Home Summer: Edward Freeman Uses Resilience Strategies to Navigate a Summer of Uncertainty

July 28, 2020

This month, the College of Sciences is checking in to see what our students are up to and how they’re doing. In the face of an unprecedented pandemic, we want to know: what does summertime look like? Read the previous stories in our Stay at Home Summer series:  

Edward Freeman, a fourth-year biology major on a pre-health track with a minor in Spanish, is using resilience strategies to navigate a summer of uncertainty. As he takes summer courses, tutors elementary and middle school students in Spanish, and connects with family and friends, he shares that he's prioritizing mental health and well-being.  

“My summer has been somewhat of a non-stop rollercoaster, and quite busy,” he says. “With the current state of events and summer classes, there have been highs and lows, but I am determined to press on.” 

Freeman says that a normal day “consists of Zoom meetings, tutoring sessions, homework, with self-care time,” but emphasizes that normal days are rare. He shares that he relies on his Google Calendar to navigate any unexpected tasks and activities each day. 

This summer, Freeman is also busy sharing his new novel, “Standing: Stand on Who You Were Created to Be”, which he authored to talk about experiences and advice as a Georgia Tech transfer student, as well as a way to ‘help millennials and Gen Z push through adversity while pausing to evaluate the past’.  

“I struggled with academic stress and feeling like I did not belong at Tech,” Freeman shares. “Imposter syndrome began to set in, and I felt that I wasn’t ‘smart enough’ or could not keep up with the pace. I am a 6’2” African-American male — and oftentimes in my classes I stand out like a sore thumb.” 

In his book, Freeman shares positive, enduring methods that have been helpful in his journey.  

“I had to rewire my thoughts with positive affirmations such