2020: “What I have thought to be normal, has changed”

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By Alyssa Lambert

This year is a whole new college experience. Challenges topple over one another with school, work, family and my own health. One of the most difficult parts about this year is working a part-time job with full-time job hours. As cool and scary as it is to be a part of this pandemic, I get to learn how to stay healthy, do my best in school, and move up the ladder of importance in my job. Although this pandemic has been nerve-wracking, and hard, the pandemic has also brought good and bad news for me. For instance, I got promoted to a supervisor at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers in McPherson, Kansas. The downside is working hours I’m not used to and getting minor times where I don’t feel good.

What I have thought to be normal, has changed. I’ve learned that I’m anemic, which makes it more terrifying during this pandemic. Anemia is having too little iron in your blood and not creating enough to keep in your blood flow. Being anemic has made me miss classes for appointments, sit out of fun activities, and fall behind in classes. With the pandemic at hand, classes move twice as fast, which means twice as much homework and studying hours in a week. If I miss a class, that’s missing two classes each time.

The pandemic has made my life a little crazy. When I’m not at school, I’m at work. Those are the main two things I have with the pandemic. This pandemic has brought worrying into my home with my dad recovering from having cancer. We don’t want to make it worse by somebody catching COVID-19 in our house. As much as I love to hang out with my friends, my family is a top priority to keep healthy. Which is why I go to work, and school, and minimize my activities outside of those two main points of my day.

This is in response to Prompt #2 from Campus ReBoot, an interactive documentary in collaboration with the University of Hartford and other colleges and universities in the US, China, and Australia. For more information and to see other responses, please visit the Campus ReBoot website here: https://susancardillo.wixsite.com/campusreboot

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