Taken for Granted

At the beginning of the year, no one could have told me that in three months, life as we know it would be TOTALLY different. I would have looked at them sideways. Our “new normal” has made me grow a deep appreciation for the things that I did with ease before COVID-19. Something so simple as going to the grocery store has a “new normal.” Here are some of the things that I miss and hope to be back to doing in due time.

Tuesday Night Movies

As a lot of you may know, Tuesday nights are the cheap nights to go to the movies. If you didn’t know, now you do! So, I go to the movies pretty much every Tuesday, whether it be by myself or with one of my friends. I use this as my weekly stress reliever because I don’t have to think about the outside world for a couple of hours. Now I have to watch whatever I can on Netflix and Hulu, and I am running out of options.

Michael Jackson eating popcorn gif

Mall Time

Pre-COVID-19 I was not a fan of going to the mall. I know this might sound strange coming from a young lady, but online shopping is more of MY THING. Even though I’m not particularly eager to go to the mall to shop, it was a fun place to hang out with my friends. However, now that I can’t just go to the mall and freely browse through stores and the food court, I want to. I guess not being allowed to do something does make you want to do it even more. 

girls in car going shopping

Monthly Hair Appointments

I am a person who always has her hair done. I schedule my hair appointments at least three months out, so there is no problem with getting the style that I want when I want. Well, quarantine has forced me to do my own hair, which consists of me just twisting it every two weeks because it is a lot to manage. I think when this dies down, the hair salon will be my first stop out of my apartment.

curly hair

Work, actually

Now this one might have some opposers, but from the perspective of a “broke college student,” this is a big one. When COVID-19 happened, my on-campus job was deemed non-essential, which left me jobless until things kind of go back to normal. How am I supposed to order all of my amazon packages now?!

The Simpsons


If you know me, you know I love to eat. I used to go out to eat just about every day. I love going to restaurants and being catered to and not having to put any work into eating delicious food. I can’t wait for things to open back up so I can hear, “Can I start you off with something to drink?” It’s going to be a great day! However, I will say that quarantine has forced me to improve on my cooking skills, so that is a plus of not being able to go out to eat all the time.

plates of food in restaurant

What things did you take for granted Pre-COVID-19?


Published by Alyssa Hopson

Alyssa is a rising senior at The University of National Champions, also known as, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Double majoring in public policy and political science, she is not quite clear what career path she wants to go down in life, but whatever it is she wants it to make her happy. Alyssa enjoys shopping, traveling, and relaxing in her free time! :)

3 thoughts on “Taken for Granted

  1. Hi Alyssa, my husband is in charge of Student Activities, the Food market on campus and SGA. I’ve heard him advocating the last few weeks for his student workers to be paid as often as possible for various tasks that can be performed remotely. Like you, I would never have imagined I’d be living through something like this. I hope you can find remote work to hold you over. In the meantime stay safe.

    1. Thanks Porsha! Luckily, I have found something to hold me over until we are back on campus 🙂

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