By Shannon Szefinski
When I first received the email from Sacred Heart University about shifting to online classes, I was thrilled.
For months I had been running myself ragged and this would be the perfect opportunity for me to get some rest.
However, this feeling did not last long.
Every day I would get notifications upon notifications of companies closing or states shutting down and sporting events being canceled.
Reality began to set in and the perfect summer I had lined up would soon come to an end.
Ever since I got the call from NBC Sports over winter break that I was chosen to be an intern for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics I have been counting down the days until I started.
Never did I think that anything would get in the way of me fulfilling my childhood dream.
Rumors were starting to spread through the sports world about a possible postponement of the Olympic Games.
I would scan my phone of all the news notifications looking for the words “Olympics” or “cancelled” to pop out at me. There it was: “Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021.”
All I could think about was the feeling I had just three months ago when I hung up the phone after accepting the position.
I had run downstairs and screamed and jumped around with my mom because my biggest goal in life was about to become a reality.
But now everything is uncertain.
I had always been that person who found the silver lining in every horrible circumstance, but I just can’t find it anymore.
I know that everything is going to work out the way it is meant to and I know for a fact that once this is all over I will never take anything for granted again.
This time stuck in my house has given me perspective, that it’s not all about me.
This is a tragedy for everyone across the entire world and no one is benefiting from this.
In a strange way, this has brought us closer as a population and helps us appreciate one another a little more.