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When I wrote this journal entry the world was just starting to go into a panic. Mass hysteria caused every town to be placed on lockdown. Everyone was being forced to quarantine and had a curfew at 9 pm everyday. There was no explanation of what the Coronavirus was other than it was fast spreading and killing thousands of people. In March, there was still a lot of uncertainties. As a college student everything was very abrupt. Our classes and school were shut down fast following students traveling and coming back and testing positive. With being locked into a dorm where roommates left, the dorm life got very tough. Feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness were common to feel during this time. You go from having an active social life to being terrified to be near someone. It takes a toll on your mental health. Additionally, in this journal entry I talk about a relationship with a guy that wasn't going to work, another active conversation about how the want to see someone amidst the pandemic was not attractive and easy. There was a want to go home, but my family lived in Miami and their cases were higher than the one's on the West Coast of Florida. This entry was important to me because I thought it was a perfect description of the chaos and emotional uncertainty of the beginning of the pandemic.
12:49 PM Sunday, March 22, 2020
Today, Im having a bad day. Im extremely overwhelmed for some reason. Im uncomfortable. I slepted till about 20 mins ago. I need to shower and eat. Im not hungry. My place is a mess. Im lonely. I don't want to do all this school work, which I just find extremely pointless. Im worried about my future appointments because of this stupid coronavirus. They might be closing down everything like they did in New York and Jersey. This world is falling apart and I can't seem to keep a calm head. Tyler is just not around for me the way I want and I can't keep leading myself on with ideas that eventually its going to work. Its this feeling of wanting to go home, but not being able to because I couldn't spend that much time with Cindy and my dad.
Overwhelmed--the word to describe me rn.
Talk later,

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