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Gen Z, The Corona Diaries: A Time of Innovation

By Khushi, 19, Naperville, Illinois 

I am very much busy with exams right now and finishing up my freshman year. I am also using this time to gain new skills and attain knowledge in areas that’ll advance my career in unprecedented ways. A lot of MOOC companies are offering free courses related to machine learning and AI so as an information systems major, I am trying to take courses to help me advance in that area as well. There is a lot of stuff going on in the world making me feel very uneasy right now. In fact, I feel like 2020 as a whole has been very unfortunate. From one of my idols, Kobe Bryant passing away, to a global pandemic occurring, nothing seems to be going anyone’s way. I am getting tired of sitting at home and it is now that I am really starting to appreciate the pleasure of going outside and being able to mingle with people.

Apart from that, I also live in Naperville, Illinois. Illinois has been suffering a lot from the coronavirus problem and I’m scared not just for myself but for my family and friends as well. As someone who is entering the world of business, I am legitimately curious as to how my world will change and how different businesses will function after dealing with this ordeal. Education, marketing, commerce, and society, in general, will all function so differently so that the world can be better prepared for a situation of this sort next time. As for generation z, I believe it will make it better for us. It changes us into who we are meant to become.

This will become a time of innovation and consumption of knowledge. People will begin to change their perspectives on the world and its issues. For example, climate change was very a controversial subject in the past with many believing that it’s a hoax. But after the coronavirus outbreak, it goes to show just how powerful nature is and if you anger it too much, you begin to see it’s bad side as it becomes the human race fault that all the good is beginning to peel away in the world.

It’s important to not take the beauty of our lives and this world for granted and it is crucial that we appreciate the world for what it is. After all, we call it mother nature for a reason and if the world is our mother, then we must treat it with respect, kindness, and gratitude.


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