The Coronavirus- Thoughts from our Intern

The Coronavirus has impacted everyone’s lives more than we could have ever imagined. With our current global pandemic, I feel that there is nothing more important than staying happy while staying inside. Whether that be binge watching a whole season on Netflix, reading a book that you have been meaning to read, cleaning out your closet,  spending quality time with your family, or learning a new craft. I can say that I have done all of the above in the past 3 weeks and I am looking forward to how I will spend the rest of my time while we all continue social distancing.

When Covid-19 started, most people did not know how bad it was going to get because it was territory we have never chartered or experienced. Myself included. When I received an email that the University of South Alabama was going online for the remaining Spring semester, that was when I realized it was time to get serious. I packed a bag (as well as my new puppy, Big) and we drove home to Florence, Alabama. I have been keeping busy with my online schoolwork, continuing my internship remotely, and teaching Big as many tricks as possible, including “sit”, “lay down”, “stay”, “release”, and soon to come “shake”.

While being home with family, I have watched the world change every day. People losing jobs, postponement of special occasions, seniors missing their last high school/college experiences, friends not being able to attend funerals of their loved ones, and our struggle with the health crisis. Even though our world has been turned upside down, I believe that it has led to an opportunity for us to make positive changes. I think it is amazing how our country is coming together to get through this and my favorite are gestures of kindness.  I have heard couples whom had to cancel their weddings have been donating their flowers to nursing homes and hospitals. What an amazing act of kindness in such difficult/trying times. Also, I cannot believe how many people I see when I take my daily walks with Big, in my childhood neighborhood. With everything shut down, people are starting to spend time with each other again. Everyone is adjusting to their new normal. Slowing down from their busy work lives and taking some time to check in with themselves and others. I believe that is what we should be focused on right now. Staying happy and making sure our loved ones are happy too! Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay happy!

Fun Recommendations: Here are a few books that I’ve been reading to stay entertained!

Magnolia Table

Embraced

Sisters First

Vogue

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