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Collected Item: “Working Full Time as a Mother and Student During a Pandemic: Interview with Ashley Trayler”

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Working Full Time as a Mother and Student During a Pandemic: Interview with Ashley Trayler

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The interview is with Ashley Trayler, a senior undergraduate student majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Ashley is not only a student but a mother of a two-year-old named Adrian. In the interview, Ashley discusses her life before the pandemic, which involved taking care of her son and working full time at a call center. Once the pandemic hit, Ashley was impacted by job loss, facing financial obstacles, and being a college student transitioning to virtual school. Ashley has made many sacrifices to adapt to obstacles that have come her way caused by COVID-19, but she has remained strong by taking herself and prioritizing her health to be the best mother, student, and person she can be.

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#coveryourfangs, HS6301, parent, virtual school, sacrifices, adapting, mental health, strength

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Camryn Blackmon and Ashley Trayler

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2020-11-18
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