Hailey Jackson
Goleta, United States
During the time of COVID, I was living in my home town of Orange County instead of Isla Vista. On top of the stressors of COVID, I was in a really toxic relationship which caused my mental health to decline. This started to affect me a lot and I started to get caught in a downward spiral. I stopped seeing my friends for a while, didn’t enjoy doing the activities that made me happy, and overall stopped being part of the outside world. My sister noticed the toll that this was taking on me and decided to get us a kitten. As bizarre as it may sound, I saw a significant turn in my mental health when we got Snickers. Having a “companion” by my side really made a drastic difference for me. As a result, I started to get back into my old routines and finally became happy after what felt like a long time.