• Together Apart: Faith

    By Marie McGrath | Posted Friday, May 15th, 2020

Welcome to Together Apart, a community effort to establish mindfulness, connection, and presence, even when we cannot be physically together. Each week we will feature guest writers from various careers, places, and moments in life to discuss how they are Living More in the time of COVID-19.

This week's writer is Faith Sealscott, a rising college Sophomore from Ohio and a member of the SADD College Advisory Council.

When I heard in late March that a lot of local high schools were closing for three weeks I thought, “no way will they close colleges.” But then that night we got the email that we would be taking our classes online, and we weren’t sure when we would be back. It was pretty chaotic. Professors had little to no notice that they would have to somehow turn their in-person classes to completely virtual in just a few days. Transitioning to online schooling was harder than I thought it was going to be, but this transition has turned out to be very beneficial to me.

Before the stay-at-home order, I was running around every hour of the day going to class, going to work, volunteering for different events, and helping everybody out that I could. I rarely had any time for myself. The stay-at-home order has allowed me to focus on the small and big things of life. I have spent way more time with the family members in my house,  written letters and delivered care packages to family members and friends that I have not talked to in a while, I have finally got myself on a proper exercising schedule, and I have gotten into my Bible more often.

This stay-at-home order can be frustrating and scary, but take a moment to look at the positives. With this quarantine, you finally have the time to clean out that garage like you said you would a year ago or organize that spice cabinet. You can finally teach yourself American Sign Language or how to sew buttons on your coats. You can reach out to your family and friends that you don’t usually have time for. You can go on more walks and discover trails you never knew existed. Don’t waste this extra time with worrying and anxiety, but take this time to really reconnect with what is important in this life. Remember, you are not stuck at home. You are safe at home. Be thankful for that. We will get through this together!