COVID-19 Benefits and Challenges

Dear Diary,

COVID-19 has tremendously affected my life. For starters, I did not get to have the graduation I anticipated. I also was not able to celebrate with my family and friends like I wanted to. The bright side is I did a virtual Zoom call with my family and friends, so that kind of replaced my celebration. Over the summer, I got to treat myself to traveling safely. I went to Gatlinburg and North Carolina which were both beautiful places even with the restrictions. However, once I settled down at home for the start of a new semester, post-grad depression hit hard. A lot of people do not know about it because I tend to hold a lot of feelings in. However, luckily one of my closest friends saw something was off with me. She served as someone I could talk to, and that helped. Some days are still hard, and I’m trying to adjust to my new schedule. I started my Master’s this fall, and everything is online including my GA position. I work on the weekends at my other job, so I have minimal time to think about my post-grad depression and where I would like to be in life. Keeping myself busy helps me control my thoughts I have learned. I’m grateful that I have a job because a lot of people don’t. I’m grateful for the flexibility I have in life as well because I get to spend more time with my family. If I’ve learned anything this year, it’s to be grateful for the people and things I have in life that people, unfortunately, do not. Everyone close to me and myself have remained healthy and employed throughout this pandemic. Therefore, life has become a little easier since I have learned to live in the moment instead of worrying about what is to come.

Posted by a student at Middle Tennessee State University