COVID-19 “The New Normal”

For this blog post I decided to interview a friend of mine, a twenty-year old female who attends school here at Auburn University, to find out how her life has changed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How are your friends, family, partner, or other important people in your life doing? My friends and family have definitely, as well as myself, had to adjust to a new and very different normal. My parents have been at home for the duration of this Covid stage, as well as my High school senior sister. I feel bad for her in particular. Her senior high school days are not nearly the same as time were, but she is making the most of it. As well am I and all my friends, family and fellow students.

What has been your biggest difficulty adjust too in the past few months? Personally, I miss having a normal schedule with daily interactions with my friends on campus, in class or just hanging out. Without a normal schedule, the school days are harder for me as well. Planning is very important.

Do/did you have a job on or off campus? No. I did last summer but due to the pandemic and the fact I tore my ACL it made it difficult for me to find a job. So I decided to rehab my knee and take classes online.

Are you involved in student organizations, sports, or clubs? Yes I am in a sorority on campus.

How has the pandemic affected them? We have had to conduct all meetings virtually and no socials or other activities have been able to happen as they normally would during a regular semester.

Are you doing any community work or volunteering as a result of the pandemic – shopping for neighbors, donating blood, other community work? Not directly with the pandemic but I did help with relief and clean up from the affects of hurricane Sally.

What seemed normal a few weeks ago that seems strange to you now? I haven’t noticed anything change in the past couple of weeks but compared to March it is a completely different world. I do hope that things begin to get better and the world can go back to how they used to be this time last year.

What do you miss most about how the world used to be before this world-wide pandemic? Being able to go out to restaurants with friends and family. I also miss spending time with my grandparents. Due to COVID-19 and some previous health problems that my grandad has had my family and I have not been able to spend as much time with him and my grandmother as we normally do. I also miss being able to go to concerts and sporting events. I just hope we can recover from all of this.

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