Ever wonder what it’s like to finish your degree during a global pandemic? Probably not, but that’s exactly what millions of students are going through right now.
As I look back on my four years at Georgia State University, I can’t help but remember all of the highs and lows of my time there. From starting college and prioritizing grabbing dinner at the dining hall with my friends before closing time to ending my senior year graduating virtually with my name briefly flying across a computer screen, I have learned that nothing really goes exactly the way you plan it to – and that’s okay.
During my final year in college, my plans were structured and finally aligning perfectly with all of the hard work I had done! I started an amazing internship at communications 21, was offered an all-expenses-paid summer fellowship in New York City (where I had planned to move post-grad since I was in high school) and I was on track to complete my senior year with a 4.0 GPA for the term.
In March, we began to hear about the coronavirus disease in the news and all around our communities. As my professional opportunities and monumental events, like my graduation ceremony, began to get cancelled, I started losing hope: what was all of my hard work for if I was not going to be able to see the results of my efforts? As someone who has planned out every detail of these last couple of years, seeing these plans fall apart and suddenly having no direction was the hardest part for me.
During these last couple of months of social distancing, taking time to relax and planning my next steps for post-grad life, I have had a lot of time to think about what this has taught me, and here is what I’ve come up with:
When I reminisce on this past year, I know for certain that I have learned something from every single experience and hardship that I have faced – and after a semester-long internship at communications 21, I can confidently say that I am coming out the other side as a more skilled, creative public relations and marketing professional. I am grateful to be safe and healthy and I am excited for what the future holds!
Nardos Yosef – May 22, 2020