By Tiara Snyder
With all things happening in the world right now, I am extremely grateful for a few things. First, I am grateful for the internet. Without the internet, I couldn’t continue my education during my last semester of college at Ohio State (who knows what we would’ve done,) and I couldn’t keep my internship during this pandemic. Which is the second thing I’m grateful for, my internship with the City of Dublin.
I began this internship with the Communications and Public Information department back in the beginning of February. Since then, I have learned many cool things and learned more about how a City runs. The team I work for is truly extraordinary, they have taught me a lot. I am grateful to work for such a good team.
I’ve been working from home for two weeks now. In those two weeks, I have had the privilege of talking with most HOA leaders in Dublin, and I’ve heard awesome stories about how residents around Dublin are helping each other in this unknown time of need. It’s neat to see how much a community can pull together and help one another when they really need it.
I am also glad to live in a state that has fast-acting leaders who are doing everything they can to stop the spread of the virus to help the citizens.
When the coronavirus was first discovered in Ohio, we were preparing for our 3-Day Extravaganza. The State of the City, the Dublink Pedestrian Bridge opening, and the greatest, grandest parade. Three things I was very excited to be part of as an intern. When news broke out that they were cancelled, I was a sad. Sad for the people who planned this week for a long time, sad for the future of what was about to happen, and sad for the lives this virus was going to affect.
My Time as a Student
It wasn’t until President Drake announced that Ohio State would be starting distancing learning that it really started to hit me. When he gave that announcement, I thought that I would now have more time to work at my internship, not realizing the true severity of this and how long this would actually last. A month later, I am now balancing working from home and continuing all of my education online. Luckily, 4 out of 5 classes of mine were already online, but the one that has been added online is a lot because it is a lab and lectures. The balance is hard to find, but I know it is manageable and a lot better than risking my health or those around me.
During this time as a senior, you’re supposed to be on the hunt for a post-graduation career. While I am hunting for my future job, I sit here wondering how this will affect the job search. I was supposed to have my graduation the first week of May and a job lined up.
I don’t know what the future holds. All I know is that all will be okay and our future will be brighter than we could have imagined.