If I get this, I could very likely die from it.

[Interviewer]

How has Covid-19 Impacted your daily life?

[Hale]

Uh, in every way, um when Covid first hit Canada I was finishing up my third year of university. Uh, I was a student council member, a leader of a few different clubs, I was working two different jobs aside from that…

Um, you know

*sighs and laughs*

I’ve lost both my jobs from Covid, right? Uh, I was working at a theatre, um, and in a dorm and neither of those are really able to happen right now. Um, class has moved online, I had to do all my exams online, um, A lot of courses I was looking to take aren’t even being offered or they’re only being offered online now, so It’s going to stretch out my degree. Uh, I don’t know when I’m going to be able to work again...

[Interviewer]

Right, that’s gotta be stressful.

[Hale]

So, and aside from that, you know, I have to be very cautious, myself, I’m immunocompromised so If I get this, I… could very likely die from it, so, in every way.

[Interviewer]

Ok the second question, What did you under-appreciate before Covid that you appreciate more now?

[Hale]

I think just sitting in a room with my friends honestly was the biggest thing, like there’s a lot for sure, but That’s what I’ve missed the most of all, is just being able to like, sit around and play a board game without having to think about it. Like, um, so much we just didn’t have to worry about… yeah.

[Interviewer]

How will the pandemic change society once it’s over?

[Hale]

Ah, I think there is going to be a lot of anxiety, still for a long time about something like this happening again. I don’t know if I can say how much it will change society, I think there will be… I wanna hope that people will be more careful in the future. Uh, I know even when this first started there were a lot of people who didn't think it would be a big deal and now there’s a lot of people sick that could have been prevented, but I don’t know… couldn’t tell ya.

[Interviewer]

I guess none of us really know until it happens.

[Hale]

Yeah.

[Interviewer]

Um, how did isolation affect you and how has this affected your relationship with family and friends?

[Hale]

Um, It’s… It’s  been a major source of stress, being isolated. Um, It’s… If anything it’s made my relationship with my family better, I’ve been living with my parents and my brother for the first time in years, um, out of necessity and… at first there was some stress, we got on each other's nerves a bit, but kind of out of necessity, learned to be better with each other and it’s been- It’s been a good thing for my relationship with my family. It’s been… uh difficult for my relationship with my friends. Um, I’ve kept in contact with as many of them as best I can online, but you know of course…

Um,  working and living in a dorm for a couple years, like I was living with most of my friends, right? Uh, I was used to seeing them everyday, constantly, all the time, and now I haven’t seen most of them in 4 or 5 months.

[Interviewer]

Yeah, that’s gotta be tough. 

Uh, finally, what pre-Covid memory keeps you hopeful and what possible future keeps you going?

[Hale]

Um, so one of my jobs I was a- I was a bartender at a theatre and... bartending is something i’ve always loved. It’s, you know- A lot of bartending jobs aren’t really happening right now of course because it’s such a dangerous job at the moment, but… I… I just keep hoping-

*laughs*

It’s kind of a simple thing, but I just keep hoping I’m going to be able to get back behind a bar someday soon. So I guess that’s when I’ll know when things are getting back to normal is when I can do that