COVID-19 which is also known as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 has impacted the world in many ways. According to cdc.gov, As of April 8thth, 2020, there have been 400,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. COVID-19 was first introduced to the World Health Organization China Office on December 31st,2019, but ever since its’ introduction, the world has been in a frenzy.
According to lexico.com, the definition of the word frenzy is a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior. At this moment, the United States is the definition of the word frenzy. During March, the government issued a shutdown which not only affected the stock market, but it affected every American daily life. From school closures to grocery stores being wiped out and to being quarantined, our lives have not been the same. But for college students, how will we adjust to our new reality? Will we adjust to our new reality? and how will this new reality affect us not only physically, but mentally?
Along with being forced to return home, schools have turned to virtual classes. By being a college student, I can fully relate to being forced into learning online versus in the classroom. Many emotions and feelings are going through your mind such as being discouraged, irritated, or even empowered. During these troublesome times I would like to leave you with advice and tips:
To everyone that is reading this, I encourage you to practice social distancing and I also encourage you to encourage yourself. Being in the house all the time can feel restrictive and demotivating, but I urge you to stay active and pick up on a new hobby that you are interested in starting. We may not know when COVID-19 will end or how it will end, but until we receive those answers remember to remain optimistic and in good spirits.
Written By: Nakiyah McCafferty
My name is Nakiyah McCafferty and I am from Birmingham, Alabama. I am currently a Sophomore at Alabama State University. I am majoring in Social Work where I aspire to become a Medical Social Worker.