The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically affected me and my family in regards to self isolation. My mom used to work as a bartender, so she’s been out of a job since the beginning of this pandemic. As of today, my mom still doesn’t have a job but is finding new and creative ways to make money like making candles and selling them online. I think one of the most difficult parts of this pandemic was the stress about making money and being forced to get along with the people in your household being around them more often. I now have a job that pays $20 an hour under the table, I save the money and use some of it for essential things I may need. My moms boyfriend works in construction, so he supports us by using his money
towards the house and groceries we may need.
I have become an adult over the course of this pandemic, meaning I turned eighteen. I’ve experienced getting a job and taking online courses through college and it has been a significant change adulting. I feel as if I have become more of a responsible young adult because I have been forced to figure out college and get myself a job so I can support some of my needs as well as wants in regards to my education. Quarantine originally did affect my last summer as a teenager because I was not able to experience going to concerts, festivals, amusement parks, and movies with my friends that are leaving other places for college.
I believe that emerging from isolation will help people to understand and enjoy the privileges we have in our country to be able to go and do the things we want whenever we want or are able to do them. I also believe that more of our society will come out of this pandemic more educated in the use of modern day technology because we have been forced to use it. I have always been someone who loves to take advantage of living in the moment, going forward I intend to do more. I feel as if our society will be scared at first to emerge from isolation when the pandemic is officially gone but I feel like people will be more grateful for the advantages we share in life.
Submitted by Daylin C., San Diego County – San Diego.