Alumni Reflections on 2020: Beth Ann Williams (’11)

Beth Ann is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Religion at Florida State University.

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Beth Ann Williams (’11)

What has been most difficult for you throughout this past year?

I’ve struggled the most with the social isolation. I don’t think I fully appreciated how much being physically with other people feeds my energy, emotional health, and sense of connection.

What has been the most positive aspect of this past year for you, personally and/or professionally?

I really value how intentional many people have become about reaching out. From my siblings to old friends it has been a surprisingly “connected” time given how isolating life can feel.

How have you grown, changed, and developed throughout 2020?

I have learned (am still learning) to not measure the “success” of a day based on how much was accomplished or ticked off a list. This year has really put some dents in my alter of productivity.

What lessons from 2020 will you take with you into the year(s) ahead?

People first! Whether in my teaching, scheduling, or thoughts it’s more clear than ever before that the people in my life are what make it worth living and what I miss when they are removed.