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Contributing Authors: Angel N. Skinner, Dena Patel, Darrick Rawlings

This article is the effort of collaboration between Angel Skinner, Daniya Noreen, and Darrick Rawlings.

Short Bio:

Angel N. Skinner has 12 years of teaching experience and has been teaching for different community colleges in the State of Mississippi. Angel attained a Master’s degree in the major of Science in Workforce Education and Leadership in 2008.

Derrick Rawlings is from Jackson, Mississippi. He is an Accountant and Auditor with the Department of Finance and Administration.

Daniya Noreen is a pharmacist who has a passion for writing content and a tech enthusiast.

How it started

In late January 2020, a man from Washington State returned from Wuhan, China with symptoms of the virus. Since then, the coronavirus has spread rampantly, affecting over 6,420,000 citizens nationwide in the U.S. as of September 11, 2020. When the virus initially began to spread across the country in March 2020; many schools across America responded by switching to e-learning for the remainder of the spring semester. However, by fall, many of these same institutions returned to in-person instruction; despite the continuous spread of this infamous respiratory disease; largely linked to blatant disregard for CDC recommendations and state regulations among students. As of September 11, 2020, there have been hundreds of cases reported on campuses, including several confirmed coronavirus related deaths among teachers across five different states, including Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Iowa; leaving many students to reconsider their educational setting. Still, after millions of confirmed cases across the globe, many students prefer face-to-face learning. However, the rapid adoption of technology is evident in every sphere of life because it has changed how people do things, increasing efficiency, also lowering costs. …

You reap what you sow…

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Now is a tough time for all of us, we are in this together but let’s take a look at the positives. People are not wasting time commuting and are communicating a lot more. This lockdown is a real blessing as it gives us the time to actually catch up with and to think for ourselves a lot more constructively about the lives we want to live going forward.

Instead of letting yourself fall into a boredom trap, you can use this time to your advantage. …

It’s a bit complicated…

After high school everyone has to make a big life decision, to commit four years of their life and probably thousands of dollars to; go to college and get a bachelor’s degree, go to a community college, a trade school route, or skip all of that in just straight to the work world, this is a really a personal decision. Everyone is different and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to work for everyone at the same time, a college education is often presented as the best option.

Whether you like it or not a college degree has become the ticket to access middle-class life. This is not our grandparents’ economy anymore. Back in the 1950s, a high school diploma could get someone a solid good-paying job. You could go to work on an assembly line in a factory, save money and even buy a house. …



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