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Life Update (COVID-19)

Hello everyone! Things have been a little hectic lately, so I apologize that I haven't had really anything creative coming to my mind in the blog post department. That being said, I think it's super important that we document this time, so I wanted to share a life update with yinz.

For me, things have been... difficult. I was originally going to make this post next month when I would have been graduating. I wanted to write about how I was disappointed that my college graduation ceremony was postponed, that my final months as a senior were taken from me. I won't be having an alumni ceremony for my sorority, and I won't be able to attend my final formal. Matt and I had to move out of our first apartment together extremely early, and now I'm finishing my classes online.

Understandably, my family has grown tired of my complaints and my moping around, and I apologize for that. On top of it all, I'm an extreme extrovert who absolutely thrives on being with others, and I haven't been able to see my friends in person for weeks.

But I'm not here to complain anymore, and I'm not going to be writing a sappy post about how everything is sad now (believe me, I've read so many of those and they put me in a major funk!). I'm writing this post as a reminder to myself of what I've accomplished, because I really need some motivation and a whole lot of luck.

As you probably guessed it, I'm in the job market right now. I've seen several WVU alum who graduated with my program posting on LinkedIn that they've been laid off, or fired altogether, and it scares me. This is the field that I am headed into, and if they've been working diligently for a company, only to get fired during this time, what hope do I have?

I'm beginning to feel very discouraged, but the best thing I've done for myself so far is to constantly remind the frightened journalist inside me that good things will come, I just have to be patient.

This is a very difficult thing for me to do. I'm a pretty easy-going person, but when it comes to something big, like my career, I get very anxious very quickly. I want to do good in my life, I want to consider myself successful in the long run. I want to be able to go to work every day, doing something I love. This is the American dream, right?

That being said, I'm actively applying to jobs every day. I log on to my classes on Zoom, work on homework, and apply some more. I think I might have some big things coming up this week, but I don't want to get too excited and jinx them.

Meanwhile, I've been staying busy. Many of you know that I've been involved with WVU News, and am currently involved in a new project called Morgantown Today, a public affairs talk show about the issues the city is facing. Despite being separated during this time, the crew and I are still working on creating content for the show, and I'll be headed to the studio in a few weeks to stand in as one of the hosts for the segment, which I am super honored to be doing. I'm also attending a few webinars on how to find jobs during this crisis!

I've been running almost every day and FaceTiming my friends and professors. I've also been trying to spend a lot more time reading, which is something I used to love to do, but within the past few years have been too busy to invest as much time into as I'd like. I've learned how to make my own iced coffee (I cannot drink the stuff hot!) at home and therefore have saved SO MUCH money not going to Dunkin' four or five times a week (however, this money has just been filtered into online shopping). I've still been working with my internship, posting to social media, and even creating a division newsletter that should be published soon.

If you've been staying up-to-date with COVID-19 and schools, you might know that WVU postponed my commencement ceremony until December 19th. I understand this is in the best interest for everyone, but as a journalist who plans on moving from the area, I doubt I'll be able to attend. My cap and gown are still being shipped, and although I may never be able to wear it, I'm still going to decorate it. Matt and I have plans to go back down to Morgantown anyway to clean out our apartment, and while we're there, we're going to have a photoshoot for my grad photos (don't worry — we'll be social distancing the entire time, and we're using my phone, so no photographers necessary). I've got a list going of places I'd like to take pictures in front of: Woodburn, Martin, Joe's/Big Time's/Fat's, and of course, a photo with a bottle of Corona.

While this time isn't something I would classify as ideal, this is the new normal right now. I'm going with the flow, staying safe, and (im)patiently awaiting those job offers. I hope that we can all go outside and enjoy the company of others soon. :)

xoxo, Madison

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