Digital learning, having a more active and healthy lifestyle, and time management challenges have been big changes. Part-time work has also been affected, so there have also been financial difficulties.
-Paula Vargas Sullivan, Cognitive Science ‘23
This pandemic has taught me to value the time that I spend with my family and pets more. It has also taught me to be more cautious about my own health, as well as the health of others around me. I am grateful for the extra amount of time that I’m able to spend with my family because of the pandemic.
-Kendall Garcia, History ‘23
I lost several jobs due to the pandemic. I lost family members (who died), and close family members have gotten sick. I was also unable to have a commencement ceremony [at my community college].
-Jose Samano Catalan, Psychology ‘22
The pandemic allowed me to reflect, plan, and finally get help for my anxiety.
-Devin Bach, ‘24
Different aspects of life have been affected during the pandemic in ways I never imagined. I understood that we are very resilient, and as difficult as it was to transition to virtual formats and find innovative ways to keep the world moving, we did it. Mostly, I like how this last year has shown me that no matter how difficult things get in this world, there will always be people who care and want to do good. That’s my inspiration to keep going! I have learned the importance of having a routine, family communication, and I’ve had time to pause and reflect about myself.
-Neha Panchal, Mathematics ‘21 (pictured)
In a negative way, it’s made me lazier and has made me slack off because it feels like I have no control with work, homework and even my eating habits. But in a positive way, I’m focusing more on self-care because I noticed that I was getting lazier.
- Dali C., Sociology ‘21
While the pandemic limited in-person activities, I still had the opportunity to do many things for school and my commitments, even though everything is online. When shelter-in-place started, I was a high school senior that was somewhat shy. Now I am a more confident community college student who is ready to transfer because of all the support I received, the opportunities I have taken, and the connections I made from online resources. Most importantly, the pandemic definitely increased my perseverance and I learned to quickly adapt to each change.
-Ellaine Frances Arroyo, Biological Science ‘23