Carly O’Neill
Editor in Chief

When I first stepped onto Millersville’s campus in 2017, I was this nervous Freshman with big dreams who refused to let the grass grow underneath her. I refused to sit in my dorm and watch opportunities go by, so I got a job on campus at Saxbys and tried out for one of Millersville’s dance groups, Expressions. It felt amazing to be a part of this campus community I had heard so much about during Millersville’s campus tour, when I was scouting for my potential university.

Some of my favorite moments at Millersville consisted of living in the dorms on campus, meeting and rooming with new people, and going on late night runs for ice cream at The Anchor with friends. I genuinely miss eagerly waking up in my dorm and checking my phone on a snowy day to see if classes were canceled, so my roommate or my boyfriend and I could enjoy Millersville in the snow. 

Walking to all my classes, interacting with my professors and classmates, and taking trips to the Starbucks in the McNairy Library seem like distant pastimes in this new virtual world. While I might have complained at the time about getting up early to go to class for an hour, now I’m excited about going out to the grocery store, since it gives me an excuse to dress up and look nice.   

For the past year I have had to learn with everyone else how to adapt to a completely virtual world. Now my daily routine consists of getting up early to leave my pajamas on and sit in front of a computer screen for over an hour, attempting to stay just as engaged as I would in person. Every other day I’m getting up early to fit in some note taking before I’m off to work at my part time customer service job at Wawa. In other words, my only change of scenery from the four walls in my apartment.

It’s very easy to fall into the routine of going through the same motions each day, thus I’m forcing myself to use this newfound time to do the things I normally wouldn’t in a non-socially distant world. One of these new hobbies I can proudly say is reading. While some of it isn’t completely voluntary since it’s for class, I have at least diversified my reading list in between Barnes and Noble runs. 

I just recently finished reading “Feed” by Matthew T. Anderson, a book I would never have even picked up if it weren’t for my COMM 401 class. It’s a futuristic, dystopian novel that’s a taste to acquire at first, but by the end I found myself invested and close to tears. In other words, the old saying proves to be true, don’t judge a book by its cover. 

Another hobby I’ve picked up during this pandemic is listening to podcasts in the career field I’m interested in. For me this is the “Reveal” podcast on investigative journalism. I’m currently listening to a six-part series on the American Rehab system. Again something I would’ve never typically researched until I was curious and sick of books one day.

Now I’m almost two weeks away from submitting my graduation application and starting the process of wrapping up my four-year career at Millersville. While it’s bittersweet, I’m excited for what the future holds and to pursue my dream career in journalism. I hope to move to Washington D.C. within the next year or so and challenge myself to live full time in a city, while pursuing this hopeful future career.