Life after vaccine: My bucket list

Photo courtesy of Kelis Scott.

As someone who’s been stuck at home and was afraid of being around large crowds for a whole year, this vaccine is a major milestone in the raging pandemic.

Now that Florida has lowered the vaccination age to 16, I plan to receive the vaccination and live my life no longer afraid of this pandemic. Others also agree, as vaccination numbers are increasing all over the United States.

Since this pandemic began, there are many things I’ve missed out on and friends I haven’t had the opportunity to hang out with. I have major post-COVID19 bucket list items I plan to do soon.

First things first, I’m excited to get back on campus. Since I’ve been at home during the 2020-2021 academic year, I feel like I’ve been missing on-campus experiences and opportunities. Now that FAMU will be returning to full capacity in the fall, getting the vaccine will insure a successful, COVID-19 free school year. Hopefully, I’ll get to experience another amazing homecoming and jam-packed football games.

Going on a vacation is also another thing I would like to do. Whether it’s out of the country or even out of state, being able to go somewhere I’ve never been would be awesome and going right after I get vaccinated would be a great time to do so. I’m not 100% sure where I’ll be traveling but I’ll definitely plan to do it following CDC travel recommendations. Honestly, Hawaii or Bora Bora would be a breathtaking destination, but it would depend on the number of cases in either area.

Most importantly, I plan to spend more time with my loved ones and restore my low social battery. The one thing I’ve noticed about being in this pandemic is that we may not always get to see those important to us.

When it comes to my sisters at school, Zoom isn’t the same as getting to laugh and hang out with them in person. When it comes to my family, Facetime isn’t the same as spending Thanksgiving and Christmas together and getting to hug one another.

With the vaccine, I’ll get to spend time with my loved ones and not be worried about putting them in any kind of danger.

Of course, there are hundreds of other things I want to do once I receive the vaccine, but these three things are what I care to do the most.