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The Bigger Picture: COVID-19 as a College Senior

How to cope with losing a period of experience who's upcoming excitement you were never prepared to watch disappear.

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As news of COVID-19 became more rampant and consuming, a friend of mine shared an article about the possibilities of the spread. It wasn't exactly the article which brought me the feeling I am about to describe, but the words of the person who shared it. That feeling was...confidence. 

The friend who shared this article is a second year medical student in Philadelphia. She described the article's view on the virus: "numbers don't lie." She also mentioned the exponential nature of the virus and how the article described the meaning behind quarantines and closures. 

The part of this that gave me confidence? Simply her mentioning her status as a med student, and the fact that she is still learning. An undergraduate senior myself, it is my dream to attend medical school. I was planning on using my spring semester to study for the MCAT, but those plans got derailed due to a rather demanding research lab and thesis requirements. Now that I am spending my time with online learning and remain indoors, I realized I have the time that I lost to focus on something that was a dream of mine, but got a bit lost in the shuffle. I now had one positive amongst all the negatives I was seeing rise to the surface as a result of COVID-19.

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Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

This resource gave me my "WHY" back. The numbers and data weren't my focus, but the fact that if this is something that repeats itself in the future, I want to be on the frontlines. I want to work hard to earn that spot in medical school so that I can get the degree and be helping people through this firsthand. I want to be a difference, I want to treat those affected and know that it will be okay and I can help them get there. 

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

I shared the article on facebook, along with a copy and pasted caption written by the friend who originally shared it. 

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • News: Television
  • Social Media
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • Word of Mouth
  • SMS Alerts

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

I think something that should be addressed ALONG with information on COVID-19 is that over-saturation of information may not be good. For example, a notice to choose one news broadcast a day instead of tuning into all of them, or a suggestion to read a chapter of a good book in between desire to read articles of new cases and disasters. Fear is a good thing-but an overabundance is unnecessary and harmful. 

What is your current profession?

I am a university student in my final semester.

In what city are you located?

Pittsburgh, PA

In what country are you located?

USA

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