Emily Gagglioli '20, like other college seniors, finished up her college career at home. The coronavirus took away graduation day but also the final weeks and months of experiences on campus.
"I learned it takes quite a bit to motivate myself when I don't have to," she said. "I have to set up a routine for myself. That was a bit of a learning curve. After the initial start I think it went well. I was getting everything done on time."
A graphic communication major who graduated in May 2020 during Carroll's virtual commencement, she said she mostly missed not being able to say goodbye to her professors.
"It was hard not being able to see them, and thank them, and just get to say goodbye," she said. "They helped me so much."
Still, she tried to make the most of the difficulties of a pandemic, noting that on graduation day, she was still able to get together with fellow seniors and watch the ceremony together.
"I got to sit with them during the ceremony when we would've been split up if it had been a regular ceremony," she said. "We made the most of it."
While in school, she continued a graphic design internship she started in December with Saturn Lounge and was hired part-time after graduating.
"It has been interesting. I'm figuring out what is next," she said.
While at Carroll, Emily worked with the Office of Alumni Engagement and helped develop a student-driven video series called "CU in 60." Here she shares her perspective of living her final student days during a pandemic: