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#EpicenterExperience: Pandemic University

Welcome to the seventh installment of our #epicenterexperience series!

Epicenter Experience is a video series where consumers like you tell us exactly what it has been like living in New York during the outbreak of COVID-19. How the pandemic impacted you financially, emotionally, or physically. How you coped with quarantine and social distancing. The list goes on! Now join us in watching Olivia story below.

Olivia shares her experience and how she’s getting through the pandemic.

Olivia was a senior at the Fashion Institute of Technology this spring. At the start of the pandemic, she worked part-time in addition to classes. Spending her last semester remote learning felt like a missed opportunity, her senior show was moved online, and graduation was postponed. Two weeks into online classes, she was laid off, and had to apply for unemployment assistance. Additionally, she struggled with her mental health, as New York became the world epicenter for COVID-19. However, she learned how to harness her new spare time and her platform for Black Lives Matter and LGBT+ rights. As time went on, she’s been able to re-evaluate where she stands on important issues. Now, as she looks forward, she’s ready for a better “normal.”

The transition out of college is always hard, especially now, but things are looking up for Olivia! Watch her video below for the full story!

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