Pandemic 2020 Reflection

Title

Pandemic 2020 Reflection

Subject

College students

Date

March 2020- August 2020

Contributor

Elizabeth Hall

Text

I was shocked when I received word during class that in-person classes were suspended for two weeks in light of Coronavirus concerns. Even more unnerving was realizing most of 2020 was going to be completely different than I originally imagined. This year seemed to pass by in a blur of confusion. However, once I was able to know how the changes would affect myself and my loved ones, life continued largely unchanged for me. While the pandemic has certainly shaped all of our lives, it has left me with a relatively similar lifestyle.
I am an Accounting Major at Saint Vincent College. When we were sent home, I was a junior sitting in my Accounting Information Systems class. My professor walked in and told us to be prepared to be sent home. Despite the news that traveled throughout campus the night before saying we were staying on campus through the end of the year, plans had changed very quickly. Sure enough, around 2:30 pm my classmate informed us of the mass email sent out explaining that we were to pack our things and return home for two weeks until the college, and the country, are better able to understand and control the spread of the virus. Thankfully, my teacher told us all to pack as if we would be unable to return until after Easter. I packed as much as would fit in my car. Until that point, I was completely unaffected by the Coronavirus.
Once I was home, all my motivation to study or stay focused on my school work dissipated. Coming home had always meant a break from college, so to be forced into a new learning environment and balance studies with my own family needs was stressful. My professors all continued with classes online, and thankfully many of them cut down on the work we were originally planned to have for the semester. Once I had a better balance of studying from home and spending time with family, I was able to learn how to cross-stitch and spent some of my free time stitching small pictures for people. This helped with the stress of the new situation in which I was placed.
After my spring semester ended, I became especially worried about my internship planned for the summer. The last time I received any information about my internship was in October 2019 when a regional accounting firm hired me to be an audit intern for the Summer of 2020. I received word in May that my internship was still scheduled to take place from June until August as originally planned, but we would be working remotely. It was stressful to have to meet new people in the business world over video calls, but by the end of the summer I was used to it and was very grateful for the opportunity I had considering the number of students who had their internships cancelled.
While most people had their lives dramatically changed with the pandemic, I felt I was one of the lucky few who managed to keep a sense of sanity throughout it all. The worst part of this year was realizing the second half of my junior year spring semester and my senior year would be nothing like the “normal” college years I was expecting. Once that fact settled in and I knew I was able to work over the summer as planned, life remained largely the same. I still woke up and had a normal schedule of classes. Over the summer I still dressed up as if I were going into an office building and kept a consistent work schedule. Adjusting to this new lifestyle seemed impossible at first, but I managed to adapt to it and stay sane despite the fear surrounding the pandemic.

Citation

“Pandemic 2020 Reflection,” Pandemic 2020: An SVC Covid-19 Public History Project, accessed September 25, 2022, https://pandemic2020svc.omeka.net/items/show/98.

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