“I am learning to be grateful for my health and the people in my life that keep me both mentally and physically happy.”
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Sophia is an essential employee, but her story is different from other essential workers— she is not a doctor or firefighter, but instead she is adding to the well-being of millions of individuals through her own tiny scope of this global issue as a recruiter pairing workers with a medical technology company in the Bay Area that is working to track, test, and eliminate COVID-19. Her job is to be getting people jobs, when there’s an extreme shortage of companies that are hiring.
“This time has been the weirdest contradiction between myself/coworkers with my friends and family. I am an essential worker as a recruiter whose company works closely with a medical device company. I’m still commuting into the office because it is essential that we are here to support our customer’s life-saving technology as well as help the employees who have been laid off get the unemployment benefits they need.
I feel like I am putting myself at risk by going into the office to be able to serve more people. However, to have the power to be putting the right people in place for tracking this disease, testing for it and ultimately eliminating it so we can all go back to “normal” is what’s important. It’s not what I would have ever thought I’d be doing—and although I find it incredibly draining, it’s rewarding.”
“I’d also just like to add: Thank every single person you know who have to potentially put themselves in dance by leaving their home in order to keep society running, and please stay indoors to help flatten the curve unless you are essential. This will keep everyone safe.”
Where exactly are you living right now? Is this where you permanently reside or is it a temporary living situation due to the pandemic?
I live in Campbell, CA in Santa County. I recently moved out of my parents house. This was a huge transition for me but it’s been interesting living alone for the first time since college during a global pandemic. Thankfully I love my community that I live in and I have a balcony attached to my unit so I can get some fresh air and sunshine without any human contact.
I adopted a 3.5 pound kitten a week before shelter in place was enacted in my county which has helped a lot. Her name is Jade and she is just a ball of energy. She has made this time go by quickly and she is up to 5.5 pounds now!
What has your community been doing to fight the rate of transmission? Is this how you think the situation is best handled?
Here in Santa Clara, my county was one of the first nation-wide to enact a shelter-in-place order to fight the spread of COVID-19. I agree with the law-makers that this is serious and we need to taking every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of the community. I frankly wish there was more enforcement on the order; I see so many people using beaches and closed parks because there is no enforcement of the closures. I think that the policy makers need to enforce it more strictly so we won’t have additional extensions.
What has been your daily routine so far during the pandemic?
My daily routine is to wake up at 6:15 a.m., snuggle with Jade; battle her ankle biting while doing my make-up; while the coffee maker is going I get dressed (TGOD FOR CASUAL WEAR IN THE OFFICE. HELLLLOOOOO LEGGINGS AND JEANS… normally we are in business to business causal), scoop up the cat poop, make my bed and open all the windows. As soon as the coffee is done, I go to work (not going to lie I am enjoying the lack of traffic on the road). I’m in my office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. as I was before, but since the pandemic started the conversations have become completely different.
As someone who already has a high-energy fast-paced job, this feels like a different, more somber shift. When I get off I go home and cuddle with the kitten, watch Netflix/read books to relax.
What’s the biggest challenge you think you’ve faced during this quarantine situation?
The biggest challenge is not being able to have as much interaction with my family as I usually do. The rest of my immediately family is together at my childhood home, so it feels weird to be out here seemingly on an island.
What have you been doing to keep your spirits up on a day-to-day basis?
I create art and journal for my side hustle/ art Instagram @spiritualsophia on Instagram (Check it out!). It’s like therapy for me.
Has this travel ban/quarantine situation impacted any important plans you had laid out for the near future?
I was supposed to travel this year… I was thinking about Hawaii with a friend and going to concerts. All of that is on pause until 2021 or later in the year (Oct. or Sept.).
Is there anything you feel that this experience has taught you/anything you’ve learned, that you’d like to share as inspiration for everyone going through this together?
I am learning to be grateful for my health and the people in my life that keep me both mentally and physically happy.
No matter how bad your situation feels, it could be worse. You could be sick in the hospital, not have a job and have HUGE economic struggles, need services that are no longer available to or too dangerous to use.
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