I wanted to talk about what it is like to go to school and work online. I'm so grateful that I did not lose my job, and I feel for those who have been laid off. My mom went through similar things when I was little, so I know the pain some people are going through right now. While it does sound great that I can go to school and work online, I can say that the process is dehumanizing, lonely, and exhausting.
I wake up and at 9 A.M I am online, editing for work. After editing all day, taking meetings and responding to emails, all I have to do to transfer to the second part of my day is open a new tab. Before, I would be able to distress and drive for a while before I get home to start homework. Now, the transition happens so fast, I get lost in my screens and before I know it, it is dark outside. The feeling of being at a computer all day, every day, so far has been stressful. I can't believe I am saying it, but I miss going to work and I miss the classes. When I am on a zoom call for class, it doesn't feel all too weird since most of the time, you do not get close to your classmates. For work, this is a different story. We used to have production, pitch and "family" meetings. All of us used to look out for one another and often had hangouts outside of work, and now I only get to see them once a week. To help me not become depressed or down, I try to look at the silver lining of things during this pandemic.
The way I work now is much more relaxed, and I have taken up new tasks throughout the day to pass the time. Every morning now, I wake up a little earlier so I can walk my dog and start reading. It helps keep me distracted from all the chaos right now, and it is a great way for me, my girlfriend and dog, to bond. Overall, I’m glad I am able to spend more time with my little family and I can say that our activities and bonding time is what keeps me going.