The posts I have written so far reflect my efforts to remain present amidst the chaos around me. Since the second week of school, I have been following WHOs covid-19 tracking page. As I continued to experience the first few weeks of my final semester, the Hubei province in China quarantined 40 million people. I watched countries begin lock-downs and students transition to online classes. I followed Reddit pages where people around the world discussed the changes and how they were effecting them. And then it happened here. The last 10 days of school have been some of the most hectic I have experienced in all my academic life. And I have cried whilst writing essays half an hour before turning them in. Everyday I have received an email from professors and administrators telling us how everything will change moving forward. The campus is empty. We have to stay 6 feet apart in all public spaces. We have to stay indoors.
This may seem like a dream for some college students. Online classes mean we can just hop out of bed and go to class. But one of the reasons people pay thousands of dollars to go to school is because of the face to face interaction.
I’m not afraid of the changes. I welcome them with open arms. After all there isn’t much we can do to combat the virus. We’re on its time now. Not ours. After rushing through my undergraduate degree I can stop, breath and look at the world around me. How do I want to contribute towards its successes? What changes would I like to see? What kind of company do I want to work for? Instead of thinking of where I am I can think about where I want to be and let that guide my decisions. This is a time to be strategic and move forward. It’s also a time to use the critical thinking skills we’ve learned to dictate how we interact with the media and news.
For now I will work from home and see how everything unfolds.
P.S- This post is about my experiences during my internship and also not about them. This week was difficult to get through because of all the changes and although I completed most of my work I turned panic into productivity. I had to keep moving forward. We have no choice. The year will still end.