2020 graduation year

Covid-19 has affected me in ways I will never forget. The day the school decided to shut it’s doors and we were told to grab our belongings, I felt like I was in some kind of dream that I couldn’t wake up from. I was hopeful to still be able to go back to normal soon before our graduation reception and ceremony. However, when these days were also cancelled, I didn’t know how to feel and it was extremely hard for me to stay focused on finishing my last and final work term. I felt at the time that this virus took my graduation, which meant so much to me to be able to experience before I moved away. Even more so considering my unique uphill climb, that is the Visual Communications program. I left school in 2015 after one year and came back four years later, to finish what I started. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, getting back into everything I had learned prior to leaving. However given the circumstances of Covid-19 I was given the opportunity this work term to work as part of the mental health department at the college, and I am so grateful to have had the experience to work for them. Due to Covid-19, work term has also been such a challenge, with the workload and life in general. This being said, I feel so grateful for the support I have had around me the whole time. I am proud of myself for getting through the worst of the virus while still in school and consider my hard work a milestone I will never forget, even without a formal graduation.

Submitted by

Loissa Russell


journal reflection


Loissa Russell

Creation Date

July 22, 2020


Medicine Hat, AB

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