Skylar McCarthy - What I learned through this COVID-filled year

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Wow, school is really about to come to a close for the year.

I’ll be graduating after April, but it totally doesn’t even feel like a celebration, to be honest. This year for me has been a lot of ups and downs not only physically, but also mentally and socially. If you had asked me back in November if I was going to weather the storm and graduate from my program, I would’ve told you no; I might have dropped out or deferred my last semester. But, one of the key things I learned this semester was to never give up.

I think everyone needs to have some sort of pressure that they have in their life, whether it’s pressure from school, work or just life itself. I can say this entire school year was really difficult to manoeuvre and go through. The endless amount of times this year I had to check my emails, as well as the endless Zoom meetings that our program has really felt off.

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While yes, near the end of the school year last year, we had to start using virtual technology to learn, it has been weird using it 24/7. However, during the start of this year, I felt like doing my studies from home was actually a good thing. I could become lazy while working from my desk at home (which by the way, is the same place I’ve being writing articles for Interrobang). But after a few months of actually doing it, I do miss going to school for my studies.

I feel I actually get a lot more done at school than I do at home. I feel like I’m less distracted at school compared to when I’m home, where I’m not so distracted by my TV and video game consoles.

I think another lesson I learned this year was how to have time management. For most of my life, I had school, work and nothing else. But now having so many projects out there such as my own podcast, I really had to manage my social life, work life, school life and many more by using some time management. With time management, I won’t feel tired with everything going on in the world today.

But on a serious note, I think a lot of this year was learning more about myself and what I want to do in my life. While a new change/new course could be underway for me, this year has certainly changed my career path. Coming into doing the Interrobang, I’ve learned so much not only for myself but also everything in the world.

I not only will graduate, but finish school back to back to back. Not a lot of people know this, but as a child I was diagnosed with autism. I had so many people doubt me, from people telling me I wasn’t going to make it far, from teachers telling me I can’t do anything I wanted to do.

Well guess what, I’m about to do it. I’m about to become the first person in my family to have graduated high school, went straight to college, and graduate. If you can put your mind into achieving something, then don’t give up and remember you can do this.

As we head into the last few weeks of school, know that you did it. In a year unlike any other, you decided to continue on. Be proud of what we have done!