My mother works as a nurse navigator for a north Georgia hospital. Every day, she is calling patients and revealing to them their coronavirus test results, comforting those who are positive and celebrating with those who are negative.
With all of this happening, forcing me to stay in my Mississippi hometown, it makes me relish all that I have taken for granted these past years leading up to this – like all of the friendships I have made in just a few short months, or all of the sporting events that kept me on the edge of my seat.
The one thing that can be said, however, is that the administration at the University of Mississippi took the precautions needed at the most opportune time to make sure we as students did not see the worst of Covid-19.
As a broadcast journalism major at the University of Mississippi, my freshman year experience has been full of ups and downs, but overall, it has been so much fun. The coronavirus has affected my school experience, social life, and my spiritual life.
The highlight of my family’s quarantine is an easy one. We welcomed a new dog to the family. My sister, Madison, and her husband, Alex, purchased a chocolate lab puppy a few days ago. They traveled to Oxford from Washington, D.C. to get the last puppy at the shelter.
When it reached Italy, there was a little more panic and seriousness about it in the media. In May, I was scheduled to be studying abroad in Italy, so our trip advisor sent us weekly updates about what was happening as the virus spread.
I realized COVID-19 was significant when one of my colleagues had a family friend in Wuhan, China, and they said the virus is to be taken completely serious, and it is not accurately presented in the Chinese media.
We began to discuss the virus in many of my classes, but I still just assumed we were discussing it as news and not something that would be personally affecting us. I did not realize the magnitude of what was happening until March when we were out for spring break and other students were speaking about how colleges were not letting students come back to school.
I am a sophomore integrated marketing communications major at the University of Mississippi, who is now back in my childhood home in Greenwood living off matcha and fishsticks. I am here with my parents, younger sister and tiny dog – happy to be home, but I just want this to be over.
While hundreds of millions of people in the U.S, are quarantined at home, there are still millions of Americans who have been deemed “essential employees” and are therefore still traveling to and from work every day.
It’s crazy to think how one thing, as small as a virus, took our precious world and turned it upside down overnight. The mention of COVID-19 brings up many emotions. Worry, stress, hope, and appreciation are all things I’ve experienced within the past month.
In these stressful times, my mother has challenged me to stay connected to the people I have left in the wake of COVID-19.
Soon my thoughts started to mostly be about my mother and fathers’ safety. Both individuals are middle-aged victims of cerebrovascular accidents and have diabetes.
How do you go from being an active student-athlete all year to sitting in the house all day? For many athletes across the world, the pandemic is a difficult time, but athletes and others can use this time to work on new goals and better themselves.
I first heard about the coronavirus while talking about current events in my journalism class about two months ago. At the time, I thought it wasn’t a serious issue and that it would go away within the next few weeks. Obviously, I was wrong about that.
Coronavirus. That is a word I would like to never hear again. The pandemic has affected the lives of millions worldwide, but there are small things each of us can do to help others during this time.
Coming to Ole Miss was not my first option when I started exploring colleges and what I wanted to study. At a young age, I always wanted to be a teacher like my mother, but as I grew and explored my options, I came across journalism and the excitement of the media.
As a high school student lost in the throes of divorce, friendship drama, depression and anxiety, I desperately needed someone to meet me where I was. My Young Life leaders, Alli and Lindsey, did just that.
We’re all familiar with the idea that money can’t buy you happiness. While we are pressured into “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and our peers in this society, it’s important to choose a career that you will enjoy, even if you don’t become rich doing it.
Advice often comes with good intent, but I wish that I had a better understanding of what was behind that intent when I first came to college. Here are some things to consider.
One of those most influential loves I’ve experienced is the bond between a father and a daughter. My dad has been someone I have looked up to since my first steps, to my first car, and my first job. He has been my biggest supporter, greatest encourager, and the most wonderful role model.
I am concerned about the idea of my children one day attending Ole Miss, because diversity no longer exists. Today, politics has divided the student body, and you are either on the right or left politically and socially.