October 21, 2020
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
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  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 5:18 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 1:22 pm THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN IS HERE
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
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By Bryana Medina, Staff Reporter

Being a senior in college and having to deal with a pandemic can mess with your mentality easily. But instead of thinking the worst, I sat back and thought about the positives that I gained with all the restrictions and guidelines we have to abide by. I began to learn new things about myself every day and it led me to find new hobbies to help with my anxiety of being quarantined. 

Before COVID-19 hit, I had planned on doing so many amazing things with my life and having an internship ready for my last semester of college. I was working towards my career and being happy with the person I was becoming. Even though I knew I wasn’t the only person going through this, my mind was still everywhere. I would tell myself, “What’s the next step?” “Are you going to have your dream job?” “Is everything you worked for going down the drain?” I could not seem to shake these feelings off. 

Then businesses started crashing, and my chances of getting internships and having access to school resources were limited. 

When school went virtual, it was a major shock. Not only am I dealing with my mental, emotional, and physical state of being in the house and not being able to have a social life, not being at school with face-to-face interaction made it worse. 

When I was feeling hopeless and dealing with the pressure and anxiety of not knowing where my life was going to take me, I started trying three new things to keep myself motivated. 

Listening to Music

Music heals me and makes me feel like I can overcome the impossible. Whenever I tend to feel overwhelmed, I usually listen to Brent Fiyaz, Summer Walker, and Jhené Aiko because their style of music calms me down. One thing I love about Aiko’s music is that she uses sound bowls in her music, which helps me with anxiety and stress. 

One song that really connects to me is her song “Triggered.” The song is about a moment of frustration and Aiko’s personal emotional triggers. I can relate to her because I’m an overthinker and once I let my emotions take over me, I tend to say whatever comes to mind and do things that I should not be doing. But when I listen to this song, I am able to sit and reflect on my feelings and really focus on healing and letting the stress go. 

Healing my Anxiety with Crystals 

For me, crystals symbolize peace, healing, and help me with my mental state. I suffer from anxiety and they taught me how to control what I’m feeling and how to handle what I’m feeling at hand. 

With the pandemic, it’s really easy for me to get in the wrong mindset. An anxiety attack for me feels like my body is getting numb and I start to sweat. Anxiety attacks are of course different for everybody but it is very important to know what triggers your anxiety. Crystals helped me with calming down a lot. 

My favorite crystal is Sodalite. This crystal is often referred to as “the stone of peace.” It gives me a sense of security, helps put my mind at ease, and calm my panic attacks. I always carry it with me, and every time I’m feeling uncomfortable, I tend to just feel that positive energy that it’s giving me. 

Interior Design 

Interior design has always been a big passion of mine. With all this time we have, I spend hours on vision boards and what I want my next project to be. I get inspiration from the TV shows in HGTV.com. I like things that look aesthetically pleasing and interior designing really brings out the creative side of me. 

When designing a home or a bedroom, you have to be sure that you are incorporating your personality. If you’re a fun colorful person, your bedroom may be full of color and bright. If you’re a person who is very calm, then your bedroom may be very simple and plain. As for me, I’m a very simple person, I don’t like loud colors. I like the colors white, black, and nudes. Interior design has always been an escape to me. I decorate for fun and hope to take it to another level after college. 

Interior design has always been an escape to me. During quarantine, it gave me time to focus on this hobby and I hope to take it to another level after college by owning my own interior design company. 

The pandemic hit us all in different ways. I can’t remember how my life was like a year ago. Adjusting to this new lifestyle can be dangerous if you are not willing to grow. I was able to get to know myself better and connect with myself and learn how to deal with whatever is being thrown my way. The pandemic will not break me. I’m doing okay, I’m figuring it out as I go and will carry that with me for the rest of my life. This taught me that there is nothing I can’t handle. 

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