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Piedmont Symposium: The Future of Telecommunications Due to COVID-19

As COVID-19 is taking its toll, society is already seeing how telecommunications is playing a unique role, such as the barrage of social media posts demanding the country reopen.

“There’s no rulebook; we’ve never experienced something like this, so how are we supposed to know what to do,” said junior Garrett Stafford. “When someone can’t work, you just don’t pay them. That’s just how it is and this just didn’t fly on social media. Everyone was very mad and due to this social media backlash they immediately went back on their word and said fine we’ll pay everyone. Obviously in a crazy time like this we can’t do normal things.”

Stafford and his classmates in the telecommunications and globalization course presented a session, “Coronavirus: The Impact on Telecommunications” at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium.

Senior Marion Mealor noted that in the life of an average US citizen, telecommunication plays a huge role. The use of technology to stay active and connect with those around us has already been evolving before COVID-19, but now that students of all ages have online classes and we are in a semi lockdown so technology use has immensely grown in recent weeks.

Joey Brovont and Cameron Graham explored 5G smartphone subscriptions, and noted that they are rising in almost every major world region. The future of 5G is exceptionally bright even out of quarantine and will be a key factor in telecommunication for the near future.

Senior Alyssa Emmett said that the increasing reliance on technology has evoked concern among some in the population. “Some people are concerned that maybe if they’re too connected to technology that it could cause us to lose important aspects of the human experience,” she said “Some of these worries include losing patience; our patience is really tested when we have to wait for things to load, things not working properly. Acting impulsively; we’ve been seeing a lot of ads and stuff from stores because they’re trying to get revenue during this time where people can’t go out shopping. Also, forgetting things and even becoming narcissistic.”

Juniors Matt Leeman and Cameron Verona considered the future of telecommunications. Leeman discussed the potential growth of working from home for those who can and protecting our community during the pandemic. He also went into the advancements of smart devices for businesses, homes, and more for whatever will help prevent the spread and benefit the communities. Verona noted how much technology has vastly improved and argues that is concerned about how much people rely on technology.

“This dependency on smartphones has gotten a little out of hand,” he said, noting that exceptions need to be made during the pandemic. “Out of hand isn’t really fair with the current situation of the world now is it, because smartphones are actually getting us through each day.”

Taylor Browning: Bigger Than You

Taylor Browning not only tries to bring out the best in himself, but also others.

“It’s a lot more challenging to try to bring the best out of other people versus yourself”, he said.

Browning experienced great success throughout his athletic career and the trend has seemed to carry over into his coaching career as well. Browning was born in Reno, Nevada, but for the majority of his childhood grew up in Colorado. He ran track at the University of Redlands, where he became an All-American sprinter. After graduation, Browning moved to Georgia for his first official job as an assistant track coach at the University of Augusta, which jump-started his career.

“The biggest challenge is knowing that you’re not going to be able to help everybody, he said.” “Some people just aren’t going to hit PRs and sometimes as a coach there’s not really much you can do, it’s hard to accept that sometimes.”

Browning goes into a little more detail of how his coaching career started. He says there are minor differences in place setting because “people are people.” He gives insight to aspiring athletes about how to shape thinking and future coaches about networking/making connections.

“Comparison is the thief of happiness and you’ll always have to try to be the best that you can be and be satisfied, he said.” “Like making peace with the fact that some people are going to be better than you no matter how hard you work.”

Kendarian Lane: The Comeback Kid

My life has consisted of triumph and tragedy surrounded by the aspect of being a student-athlete for as long as I could remember. I was born on February 7, 2001 I grew up in a significantly small town called Dearing in Georgia, which is 10 minutes away from my hometown Thomson, Georgia. I call Thomson my hometown because people never know where Dearing is, but then again nobody knows Thomson so I just say near Augusta.

My parents have been together for the majority of my 18 years of living which is such a blessing because lots of don’t get the experience of having both parents in their lives, let alone together. I grew up in Church thanks to my mom, and had learned for myself that Jesus truly is Lord. Without him there is no me. My dad is basically my twin because we look and think alike, but he taught me how to be a man. I am the youngest of 6 with four brothers and one sister. When you’re the last child it’s kind of boring, but you learn to love your own space.

I believe I came out the womb with a love and passion for sports that cannot be broken by any means. Playing sports is in my DNA and started with flag football in 2nd Grade at Dearing Elementary. I played for my local YMCA travel league for 2 years and was the league MVP for both years. I played youth basketball for about 3 years and became an all-star once learning the fundamentals. I then played a year of AAU (travel basketball). Then in middle school I was forced to take a 2 year hiatus from all sports because of my grades and behavior. This was a big step for me transitioning from the country to the city because a different school brought new teachers and kids. I became wild from being overwhelmed and didn’t get my act fully together until my 8th grade year.

This is when my track career started and kept me out of a lot of trouble. From then on I knew this is wanted to do for years to come. In the later spring I trained to try out for the 9th grade football team. I had previously been scared of playing football because of watching my older brothers, but I knew it was my time. Right before the season opener I got hurt and had to have surgery and was out for half the season. Basically, 9th grade season was trash; we went 1-7 but the varsity won the region and went deep in the playoffs. In Track my high school coach saw a world of potential through my work ethic but I hardly ran at meets because I was a freshman.

Sophomore year was much better as I started on JV football and played some varsity as a corner. This was a dream year for football as we were having a miracle undefeated season and made it to the state championship, but got manhandled by Cartersville. In track I became a great asset to the team as a sprinter and made it to the sectional.

Junior year I was anxious of being recruited and offers began to roll in. I decided to play another season of JV football and heavily played on varsity. We lost the region to our rivals Burke and fell to Blessed Trinity in the playoffs. In Track this would be the peak of my high school career as I broke personal records and my 4×1 relay team broke the school record which would have won us the region but we were ultimately screwed by our rival coaches cheating. As an individual I managed to make it to the state qualifiers in the 100m.

Senior year was to say the least a heartbreaker. Besides having some of the hardest classes, my senior season was screwed in football as I was battling injuries, we had a brand new coaching staff that didn’t care about us seniors, these injuries transferred to track which led to a torn hamstring. I thought my career was over, this was one of the most difficult moments of my life. God made a way and opened doors I had never seen before bringing more and more offers from smaller schools and here I am today competing at the collegiate level in track at Piedmont College. I plan to continue my college career and get my bachelors degree in sports communication. Never lose faith.