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Isabella Pelletiere


May 10, 2020

I miss the people at Emerson the most. My best friend only lived a couple of floors above me in 2B so I really miss being able to just take the elevator and go see her. I miss all of my classes. I used to hate getting up for my 10 a.m. classes but I feel like I took all of those moments for granted. I just miss being a normal college student.

When I got the email that we were transitioning to online classes, I was in my dorm room. I had basically been expecting it all day. I kept refreshing my email while I was watching The Bachelor on Monday. I was alone by myself in my dorm room but I had my mom on the phone right after I got the email. I learned my best friend was leaving to go home so I was really upset. And then obviously I was upset because I had planned for this year to be so great. I was hoping that I would be able to enjoy the last few months without being stressed and I wanted to enjoy just being in college.

Getting my capstone done was something I was really worried about. When we first got the email, I just had a million questions running through my mind. How am I going to be able to interview my source? How am I going to pass my capstone class? Is my professor still going to be really strict with us? It ended up being okay in the end, which was great, but it was definitely very stressful.

After graduation I was planning on looking for jobs in LA or New York but with everything being so uncertain, my perspective about being away from home is different now. Just thinking about applying to jobs and being away from home in this scary time is really hard. So I’m not sure what I’m going to do. Honestly if I can get paid, I’ll be happy wherever I end up.

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Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21

Parker served as Managing Editor, News Editor, and Senior Reporter at The Beacon. They graduated from the college with a journalism degree in December 2020. Parker is currently an Associate Reporter with Bloomberg Law. Based in Washington, DC, Parker previously worked for Law360, The Associated Press, and the Boston Globe.

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