My bedroom became my sanctuary as the world chaotically swirled around me. I sought ways to understand what was happening and wished life were different but settled with the realization that I couldn't fix the problems of the world. The only thing that I could fix was how I viewed the world and what was happening.
Sometimes I would think to myself: did I waste months of my life sitting in my childhood bedroom, or did I start creating a new life for myself with new habits and practices? Only the end of quarantine will determine that, but I can confidently say that I learned a lot throughout this time in my room.
I learned that racial equality is – and always will be – what this country needs. I realized the importance of allyship, white privilege, and protesting to bring about much-needed change. This fight is not a political issue; it is inherently human-centered. In my childhood bedroom, I supported racial justice initiatives by donating to various organizations; signing countless petitions; and having important, tough conversations about race.
This time in quarantine also showed me how to fight for my own well-being. I started getting a real understanding of what it means to care for yourself and nourish your soul – face masks not included. In my room, I practiced yoga and spoke on the phone every week with friends. Exercise and social connection have been some of the most valuable ways to care for myself during this time.
Lastly, I grew my professional self with the FPL marketing remote internship throughout the summer. There was so much valuable information to learn, not only about marketing but with the responsibilities of a full-time internship experience. I learned new skills and enhanced other ones, all the while working with an amazing team and networking across the company from the comfort of my room.When I head back to school in August, I will remember the practices I put in place and the knowledge I learned while quarantining in my childhood bedroom. The same four sky-blue walls will be behind me, but the memories of this time will stay.