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It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye…

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Well we finally made it, the end of semester number two in our graduate school journey. Oh what a semester it has been! Unexpected and unprecedented to say the least! It’s been difficult to stay motivated and keep a smile on my face during these stressful and scary times, but I tried my very best to keep going and push through. I had some good days, and some not so good days. But overall I kept my focus on learning and growing through this tough time. I stayed mindful and counted my blessings. This is indeed a crisis with sad casualties. But when I find myself complaining the small things that I miss I remind myself: I’m not on death row or in a refugee camp, or in a war torn country with no access to clean water or healthcare. I’m stuck in the comfort of my own home, with a supportive family, friends, a job, my education and a government that is trying to at least reimburse me for some of the money I have lost. I can appreciate all these things, I think maybe on a deeper level because I know as a first generation Italian American how lucky I am to have all these luxuries. My grandparents and parents, were not as lucky. If my grandparents made it through the struggles and losses of WWII, and my parents fought their way from poverty and a poor education to achieve their American Dream, then I know and believe in myself and in my heart that I can get through this too.

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Oh Snoopy if you only knew! For the first time in a very long time writer’s block has struck and struck HARD. This final project has really tested me. It could also be that it’s the end of a rough and tiring semester. Remote learning has been a hard adjustment for all of us and it’s been rough emotionally and difficult to stay motivated. Ok so enough with the excuses, like I said I’ve hit a wall when it comes to finishing up my plot and coming up with a cool cliffhanger. So I have adjusted my sails and come up with a new idea. I thank Dr. Zamora and Alan for their patience and help throughout. Please believe my hiccup in finding a complete story and plot line has not taken away from my entire Net Mirror experience this year. It has been transformative and enlightening and I’ve enjoyed every moment. Even this bout with writers block will teach me a lesson I’m meant to learn. I truly do believe that. Ok on to the changes in my story. My characters and setting have both stayed the same. The big change I needed to make was within the plot. So I decided to make Carrie meet Harry, her potential future “soul mate” from the exclusive dating website: Soulmates.com. She pays a monthly subscription fee and also was asked to fill out a profile with information about herself, but also information about her closest friends and family. She found this section peculiar but didn’t question it much because she was eager to see her matches and hopefully meet Mr. Right. Soon enough she found Harry, a handsome and successful man who seemed like a total dream boat. They instantly clicked and started messaging and talking every day. Soon enough they decided to meet once their work schedules allowed. Both were smitten.

In the meantime Dea and Silvia were being filled in about Carrie’s new man and she also informed them about the dating site which they were unfamiliar with. After giving them details about the personal questions and profile requirements she had to fill out, they were concerned. Dea protested and said she didn’t want her information on that site and Silvia echoed the same sentiments. It made them uncomfortable but Carrie assured them it would be fine. Dea and Silvia didn’t put up much of a fight because they were happy to see Carrie smiling and excited about her new love prospect, who seemed like a great guy. Soon enough Carrie, Harry, Dea and Silvia all started to receive advertisements on their social media and even emails to their personal accounts about voting for the upcoming presidential election in November. This election was major for our country and the implications were great. At first no one really thought too much about it, they all had a good idea of who they planned to vote for. But soon enough the ads became more personalized to them and very invasive. Even Dea and Silvia who had nothing to do with the dating site were being bombarded by political innuendo about the upcoming election. Harry and Carrie started to talk about what was happening and soon it started to cause strife. Harry said every time he checked his Instagram or FB he was inundated with political advertisements and emails. He tried to unsubscribe but unsuccessfully. Before long they started to argue about this and even got into some fiery political debates. It got so bad that they stopped talking for an entire week. Carrie was heartbroken and confused. She felt connected to Harry and enjoyed their conversations in the past. What was happening? She wasn’t even sure if they would ever speak again. When Carrie shared this news with Dea and Silvia they told her about how they too have been receiving political ads and emails trying to influence their votes as well. Tempers were flaring and now she found herself in conflict with her best friend and mother which never happens, especially not over politics. Yes they have debated it in the past but for the most part they all shared the same views. So what was happening, how could this be? Did Soulamtes.com have something to do with this? Why would they try to influence our vote? I mean Carrie already had a paid prescription with the site, what more did they want!?

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