When COVID-19 first swept the country in early March, universities promptly shut down and spring sports were cut short. Athletes went from practicing and playing almost every day to going home, wherever that may be, uncertain about their futures.
But in that time, several UNC athletes reacted by finding new hobbies or perfecting their crafts.
Brittany Pickett, a fifth-year senior on the softball team, was dealing with a broken thumb when the 2020 softball season started.
After the pandemic cut her season short, Pickett worked out to stay in shape throughout the season and academic year. Once she was cleared to resume softball workouts in June, Pickett started throwing and hitting again.
During this uncertain time, Pickett worked on growing her faith. She said social media encouraged her to grow this aspect of her life.
“This is a good time to start getting uncomfortable with some things and help you get more comfortable with learning more about the Bible, reading it more and just challenging myself to be better,” Pickett said.
Kayla Wood, a senior on the women's lacrosse team, said it was hard to adjust to the extra free time she wasn't accustomed to.
“For me, just sitting, not really doing much besides schoolwork and not really being able to get out, it was really difficult for me," Wood said.
Wood said during the pandemic, she resorted to drawing as much as possible as her outlet. She said it kept her mind occupied, allowed her to be creative and helped her stay positive.