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22 Things… Learned Since the Pandemic Started


Written by Kaelyn Spickler

With the one year anniversary of COVID here, I took some time to reflect on the last 365 days. There’s been a lot of things I’ve learned about myself, pop culture, and the communities I’m a part of. 

  1. Quarantining is not easy. 
  2. You can still have fun if you get creative. 
  3. It’s easy to focus on the things lost or the negatives, but try to stay positive. 
  4. Chloe Ting workouts are no joke. 
  5. Wearing a mask is about protecting others and not just yourself. 
  6. “Zoom University” negatively impacts your attention span once you’ve transitioned back to the classroom. 
  7. A 10-year age gap is only a deal-breaker if you talk about it too much (AKA Jessica to Mark)
  8. Your community of loved ones are there for you. 
  9. It’s okay to not be motivated ALL the time. 
  10. Count your blessings. 
  11. Family gatherings are important, but so is protecting the senior citizens in your family, so finding the balance is important. 
  12. TikTok can save you from quarantine boredom (and maybe even lead to fame)
  13. Check in on your loved ones. 
  14. Remember that no one has gone through a worldwide pandemic before, so there is no “guidebook.”
  15. Despite how well-planned out you might be, you have to be willing to adjust the sail. 
  16. Did Caole Baskin kill her husband???
  17. Walks are great!
  18. We are very fortunate to live in an era where technology is big and can stay in touch via FaceTime or Zoom. 
  19. The lyrics to “Electric Love” will forever be engraved in my mind. 
  20. Maskne is a thing, so wash your face even more than you used to, without over-doing it.
  21. There are so many things that can be virtual now, but cherish the times you get to be in-person with people. 
  22.  There is a beam of light at the end of the tunnel, if we remain careful.