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A college Girls Guide to staying positive during a pandemic featuring Halley Huffman.

The world today is almost unrecognizable. We are all quarantined in our homes without an end date in mind. "Non essential" businesses are closed, restaurants are pick up only, we are required to stay at least six feet away from each other at all times, people are losing their jobs, schools are cancelled or exclusively online, and so much more.

I wanted to know how the current pandemic was affecting college students, so I decided to ask one! Halley is my younger sister, and has always been one of the hardest workers I know. She gives 110% in everything she does. She works multiple jobs while attending school full

time, and still makes her family a priority. I was curious what it was like to see the world like this through the eyes of a college aged person experiencing this.

I asked her the following questions:

- What does going to class look like now?

- Has the pandemic affected your employment?

- Do you feel like you are getting your moneys worth when it comes to your education? (college is not cheap)

- Do you feel as though you are being communicated with by school officials effectively and adequately?

- How is the pandemic affecting your peers?

- How are you staying positive?

- What advice would you give to women who are in a similar situation?

Here is what she had to say:

”Hello! My name is Halley and I am a sophomore at Oklahoma State University. I am studying medicinal and biophysical chemistry with hopes to one day work in

pharmaceutical research!

Since this crazy pandemic has hit, life has become very different for me and those around me. My classes went to exclusively online, I have lost my jobs, and I am no longer able to see my closest friends everyday.

At first, it was very difficult to understand and adjust to, but I have realized that even in this crazy and seemingly sad time, there are many good things that have come from this.

I have been able to stay positive because I realized, I now have more time to focus more on my classes, become more intentional with my friendships, and I have been able to spend more time reading God’s word. I am learning to trust Him with the things that are out of my control.

I encourage everyone to focus on the good that is within each day, rather than looking at all the chaos around us.

Remember that God is in control, and He has plans for each of us that are much bigger than we could even imagine!"

I completely agree with my sister. She is wise beyond her years and I am so proud of the woman she has become.

What are you doing to stay positive during this time?



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