Finding Happiness

To say quarantine has been easy would be a lie. I have struggled finding motivation, getting work in on time, and struggled to remember what day it was. I realized last minute there were things I misread or forgot to check and I’m cramming in a bunch of work on the final day. Completely my fault, but an honest mistake. I thought I had everything in check for the WRT class, checked the schedule, and said to myself “Oh crap. I haven’t been keeping track of my work on the spreadsheet AND I would’ve forgot to hand the portfolio in on time.” So, here I am last minute getting that done. Luckily I noticed it before it was too late because it can get completed.

As this semester finishes up, I am finding relief and happiness that there won’t be assignments due, I won’t have to stress over making sure I didn’t forget to hand in something for one class, and overall, I can actually relax! I notice I work better at school than I do at home; being at school for hours and sitting in Barnes and Noble forces me to get work done. I would sit on break in between classes, grab a coffee, and get assignments done for multiple classes. I enjoyed the atmosphere at Rowan and the smell of coffee being brewed.

At home, I have my bed, which is super comfortable and it makes it hard to leave. I stumble downstairs at whatever time I decide to make an appearance, whether it’s 9am or 1pm, and make myself a cup of coffee…It’s not the same as it was at school, but it works. Being cooped up for over a month has been quite interesting. It’s either super quiet because my dad is in a meeting for work, it’s noisy because my parents are Zooming with family members, or it’s noisy because my parents have the TV volume on max.

I am grateful my professors won’t have to hear my dog barking anymore, too. I’d always have to mute myself because she would see a squirrel and decide it was a good time to bark and act crazy during my Zoom meetings.

I realize, though, these are the things that make me happy. The smell of coffee, the outdoors, my parents, and my dog– not exactly in that order. I’m home with all of the things that make me happy, even if it isn’t at school. I couldn’t ask for more. I’m happy school is almost done, but I now have to find a distraction that will make time go by fast the way classes did during this quarantine.

At the same time though, I am sure seniors graduating this semester might not be as happy since their senior year did not end as expected, and my heart goes out to those facing that issue at this time. I know I would be upset if I was graduating this semester and as far as I know, I could be in the same boat in December if everything remains the same. I’m trying to look on the bright side and if I can’t graduate the way I’m supposed to in December, it’s not the end of the world. I’ll know that I received my Bachelors Degree and will be moving on to receive my Masters Degree. This semester has been absolutely crazy and seniors graduating should be super proud of themselves for getting through this even if things aren’t working out in their favor.

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