Living through the Pandemic

By Julie Morris


Living through the COVID-19 Pandemic has changed so many things in our daily lives, including how we manage some of life's major milestones.

We take a look at the way people have needed to adapt their lives and plans to deal with this new changed world.



Life has changed for everyone during the pandemic. We’ve stayed home, worked and learned remotely, and navigated economic uncertainty as coronavirus upended life as we know it. However, for some people, that’s not all that has changed during the pandemic.


By choice or by force, people have experienced major life milestones during the coronavirus pandemic, and these didn’t look like they usually do.


Graduating


For new graduates, what to do about their commencement ceremony was only the first of their worries. Most schools adapted their graduation ceremonies to the times with virtual and drive-through events. However, students were left wondering what to do next long after their robes were hung up and put away. For many, there was the question of whether to take a gap year or enroll in university knowing classes may remain online.


While there are no easy answers, new graduates shouldn’t feel bad about living with parents or taking up freelancing or gig economy work while searching for a full-time job. In the meantime, they can brush up on their video interview skills and take online classes to build the skills that can make them more desirable candidates when hiring picks up again.


Finding a New Home


Some people who graduated during the last economic downturn found themselves on the cusp of another milestone this time around: buying a house.


Millennials were wondering if low interest rates meant this was finally a sign they