By Jolie Prins
I thought I had it all figured out: graduate from college, move to LA, and travel the world living my dream with nothing in the way. Then the pandemic hit us, and reality started to take over us all.
When the economy was booming, unemployment matched its lowest level in less than 50 years. When COVID-19 spiked, jobs started to freeze up as no one had seen before.
Being in the second year of COVID-19, graduating, and thriving out in the real world, things start to look up for graduate students.
Vaccines are slowly getting approved, and things are beginning to more or less be in-person to a minimum of people. Jobs are as well getting more eager to hire during this time.
Personally, I think The University of Tampa has done an outstanding job helping students transition with COVID-19 over their heads.
As with everyone else, I have nerves getting out there in the real world. When your life feels as though you have it figured out, you start to realize nothing is permanent.
UT staff, professors, and advisors are persistent in reaching out to make sure that students are ready with any questions answered at their needs. They want to help you; they make everyone feel prepared and comfortable.
With the scheduled Zoom meetings to talk to advisors and your professors, I felt at ease going through this transition.
UT is even having a scheduled time for a themed event right before graduation. With what is given and all of the everyday worries, UT, I feel, has done a perfect job getting students prepared.
There are options and workshops to meet with professionals to make your life much easier with all the stress occurring right now. Every student receives emails daily to discuss the workshops and fairs eager to have you.
“I feel as though being a senior and having the reality of being out in the real world during this time is not the easiest. It isn’t straightforward, said Samantha Liggett, senior communications major. “Thanks to the admissions team for graduate school, as well as my advisor, I feel so much less stressed and more prepared.”
On the other hand, students graduating undergrad and humans, in general, are now used to remote learning and began accepting this as an everyday routine.
Many people, including me, dislike change. So, from going from a year and about a half of all remote learning, social gatherings, and events to now back to complete face-to-face everyday work, is simply hard for most.
“I am ultimately used to remote learning that now while applying as a graduate, I tend to start realizing I only apply to the remote positions offered, said Kensi Washabaugh, senior advertising and public relations major. I used to be a social person and enjoy dressing up. Still, something about being in the leisure of your own home is special. Something I guess I am used to completely now.”
Some students among UT’s campus may say this pandemic has made the interview process for some positions they have applied to go incredibly wrong.
Being on Zoom and asking many questions on a small screen and not seeing their body language in person is something everyone needs to get used to.
The good news is things are starting to look up, as for jobs, students, and even faculty here at UT. It all begins with how far we can push to feel more at ease with this pandemic.