More than anything, the Covid-19 pandemic has been an emotional rollercoaster for me, and in the last year I have battled to stay afloat.
At times, it felt like my mental health was trying to compete with the virus.
I completed my undergraduate studies last year at Varsity College, Sandton in 2019 and looked forward to graduating with my Bachelor of Arts in 2020. But then, Covid-19 hit.
Graduation is a big day for students. It's a day in which people, even those who don't know you, celebrate with you. It was a moment that I looked forward to since I started university.
But there was no graduation ceremony to be had, so I never had a sense of completion, even when I received my certificate via the post. And, as if that wasn't enough, I had to face unemployment.
The pressure that came with finding a job at such a tough time was a nightmare.
I think it was even harder to be surrounded by people who had secure employment and were financially stable.
At the same time, I looked around me and saw tragedy, death, pain and hopelessness, and knew the year signified something more extensive than what the human mind was able to understand.
Covid-19 affected so many people in so many ways, and today, though I received an internship opportunity at W24, many other people are still struggling. My only hope is that we find our way back to normality because this isn't healthy.
* Ayanda Mgcina is an intern at W24
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