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Initially my experience during the Covid-19 shutdown wasn’t that difficult of a time for me. I am very fortunate no one in my family was hospitalized or died from covid-19. I had a lot of time to spend with my children, which I really enjoyed. Honestly, I made more money than I had ever made before and for the first time ever I was actually able to save money. Without the money I received during the pandemic I wouldn’t have been able to afford to go back to college (prior to the MIReconnect) to pursue the career of my dreams.  I went back to work as soon as the shutdown was over, and things went downhill from that point. Since no one wanted to return to work, my employer didn’t have enough people to for our manufacturing facility to operate a 3rd shift. It was a rude awakening to go from not working at all, to at the time working 12 hours, 6-7 days a week. Somehow, I survived working this brutal schedule for several months, but I was forced to drop out of one of my classes midway through the semester. To my knowledge I never had been infected with coronavirus until 2022 but it was the worst illness I have ever had, and it took weeks to fully recover and put everything in life on hold.