Thoughts From a College Senior Sidelined by COVID-19

These are hard times for everybody. We all have lost or are going to lose something. It almost feels selfish to be writing this; but I’m gonna do it anyway. Because although some people have it much worse in the pandemic called the coronavirus and COVID-19, and I recognize that completely, 2020 college seniors have been dealt a pretty sucky hand from life’s deck of cards.

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Pictures Worth A Thousand Words – Waterstones

A man and a woman both 82-years-young. Wednesday morning was always a tradition for them. They arise from their very old bed in their very old Exeter cottage that used to be full of life, laughter, craziness and love. A family of five comprised of them, two boys and one girl. Now scattered across the world. Distracted by their own hectic lives but still manage to call every week and visit for holidays.

This couple, call them Mary and James Waterstones, had their first date at a bookstore coffee shop. A gloomy day, like today, 64 years ago. It wasn’t like any other first date, though.

This one was different. Conversation flowed like the River Exe. Eyes locked like keys on Paris’ Passerelle des Arts. Laughs filled the air loud as Big Ben’s hourly roar. The potential of love turned their faces red and blotchy.

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Say “Yes”

I just had what some may call a revelation.

I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone, studying abroad in England for six months. That was as out of my zone I thought I’d need to go. Until I was given a month off school.

I decided to pack a backpack. To use this month to explore Europe. To see the world – solo.

I was so nervous and my whole family kept telling me I didn’t need to do it. I could back out and stay in Exeter all month.

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“Valentine’s Day” – #MSDStrong

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have the normal connotations anymore. It doesn’t mean red hearts and love. It doesn’t mean going out with friends or significant others and celebrating relationships. It all changed last year. No one had a say in giving up this day of love every year for the rest of our lives. It just happened that way.

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A Hobbit in England – Mental Health Abroad

Mental health. The forbidden fruit of conversations. It might sound like taboo to some but to others, mental health issues control their whole lives. For me, it’s like the elephant in all rooms I enter. I’ve had my ups and downs, but I’ve learned to always prioritize my mentality. While traveling and being constantly distracted, it gets pushed to the back. Until it weasels it’s way back to the front.

And it always does.

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From Sweats to Shivers – A Florida Girl Takes England

Hello Friends!

I’m officially one week into my six-month study abroad experience. Here’s a little background about my situation: I’m a third-year at the University of South Florida partaking in an exchange program at the University of Exeter, about three hour southwest of London, England. Business marketing is my major and I’m taking some very interesting classes here in the UK.

Global Environmental Issues, International Business, Behavior, Decisions and Markets, and Economics of Management Strategy. Stay tuned for a post addressing the differences between classes in the UK versus the US. From curriculum to the professor and classroom experience, it’s been a pretty cool ride so far.

Now let’s get into the more interesting stuff: life in Exeter. Being here only eight days, I must say I’m on a British high. The culture, the accents, the food, the people, the weather, everything. My only complaint is the HILLS! This Florida-born-and-raised chick is adjusting slowly but surely to these 75-degree angels.

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Florida’s environment: The most important issue for voters and candidates to consider

From toxic red tide to turning the Sunshine State solar, the environment is one of the most important issues driving people’s decisions this election season.

The two candidates running for governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis (R) and Andrew Gillum (D), agree that the environment needs to be addressed. But they disagree on how to make these improvements and where to focus their energy and budgets.

These disagreements were clear during last week’s debate. Continue reading Florida’s environment: The most important issue for voters and candidates to consider