By Charlotte Exton
To think that it has been a year since the coronavirus pandemic officially started is a wild thought. Our lives have changed, we’ve adapted to working and living in different ways than we’re used to. Almost a year ago, I thought I had come to terms with the situation we were in, processing the tragedy and anxiety that the pandemic causes. However, during my Capstone class this semester, I found out quite surprisingly that I, in fact, have a lot of unprocessed trauma due to the pandemic. It’s scary enough to be graduating from graduate school, diving into a new field of work, but you add a global pandemic into the mix and things get a bit dicey.
With all of that said, after talking to my professor and revealing to her my feelings of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty, I realized that because of my experience in the Educational Theatre program, I am more prepared than I have ever been. And I want to share that knowledge to anyone who may need it. Whether you are also graduating from a graduate program, you’re transitioning into a new career, or you’re just feeling the same “Pandemic Panic”, I hope these tips that I’ve gained during my three years in the program will give you the same amount of confidence and support that it’s given me.