A Look Into Our Senior Workforce – Sydnee McCracken


Note: This is part of an ongoing series.

As we continue to move on day by day throughout this pandemic, many have started to wonder, “When will this end?” That couldn’t be more prevalent, than within our seniors. Memories that can never be regained. Prom, field trips, and induction ceremonies, all gone in the blink of an eye, creating immense amounts of free time to spend with family or on new hobbies, or one would think.

Here at The High Post, we contacted five senior workers who have worked during the pandemic with the same 15 questions. Each student will have their own separate article. Questions range from personal life to job life. As always, thank you to all essential workers. We couldn’t do it without you.

Senior: Sydnee McCracken

Q: Where is your place of employment?

Sydnee: Oak Hill Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.


Q: What is your job title, and what does it entail?

S: Activities assistant. I help the elders move around and get active.


Q: How long have you worked there?

S: Three months.


Q: What do you like and dislike about your job?

S: I like working with the elders, but I dislike that things are always changing.


Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your workplace?

S: I was put on unemployment, but had to do some nursing jobs because nurses got laid off before I did


Q: How has the transition to online classes affected you?

S: They have been hard. Sometimes I forget to do an assignment because I’m not use to the schedule.


Q: Do you have more free time than you did before? If so, what are you doing for fun?

S: I do, and I have been talking to my friends very frequently.


Q: Did you have to get a different job due to the pandemic?

S: No.


Q: Are you getting more or less hours?

S: Less. I am unemployed temporarily.


Q: How do you feel that the pandemic has prepared you for the future?

S: It has prepared me to live in the moment, and to be ready for change at any point.


Q: Has COVID-19 affected any of your friendships/relationships?

S: No. I’ve gotten closer to my friends if anything.


Q: Have you been required to get tested for COVID-19 by your employer?

S: Yes. My temperature was tested every time I went to work.


Q: Do you know/work with anyone who had COVID-19? If so, did it affect your relationship with them in any way?

S: No.


Q: What’s one word of advice you have for future seniors?

S: Do not take anything for granted. It’s not worth it.


Q: Pineapple on pizza?

S: Absolutely not.