How covid affected my transition from high school to college
The image I included shows the sense of sound. In the picture submitted my two close friends and I are laughing in a picture together. The story I am regarding with this is the fact the pandemic deprived me of hearing not only their voices in person but also their laughter. In my state we started the lockdown by late March, so all of us were not quarantining together, so the time when the pandemic was the worst was the longest, we went without seeing each other in person. Of course, like other people, we would use technology, like Facetime and Zoom. Like most other people know, Zoom is not the same as in person. So this picture shows us laughing and for the first time in a really long time to hear us all laughing was musical. I think this particular sensory history shows the importance of what a person hears from day to day, or on a regular basis. It becomes clear in times of global pandemics what gets taken for granted until it is taken away. I think when this history gets studied in years to come, historians are going to see a recharge in what people think is important. Those simple things, like a friend's laugh, were lost in the time of quarantine.
Through the start of the pandemic, in America, my state shut down by late March. I was fortunate enough to have been able to quarantine with my parents, after a fall my grandma joined us as well. The hard part was though to be totally honest not seeing my friend. My two best friends and I are super close and that period between March through June was the longest time since we became friends ten plus years ago, that we were apart. My birthday was during that time, which again was weird and sad not to have them as part of my actual day. I think sound was a sensory that I missed during the pandemic. Hearing my friends in person, was completely different than hearing them over Facetime, or Zoom. The laughter that normally flows, online was broken up by bad connections.
This is a story about how hand sanitizer kept one woman hopeful during the pandemic. "Sanitation theater" was a coping mechanism used by individuals, businesses, and organizations used to convince ourselves that we were safe. So much of what we needed during the pandemic, was respite from the dread and insecurity. So much was unknown and so much felt out of control. The smell of the hand sanitizer produced by my local distillery instantly evokes the emotions I felt at the height of the pandemic
Overcrowded movie theaters, expensive popcorn, and escapism entertainment made for the best days as a child of the 20th century. Surrounded by an ever growing crisis of climate change, the rising political tensions domestic and foreign; nearly every issue fades away as the lights dim in a theater, directing all attention to the action set pieces of the latest blockbuster hit. Unfortunately now, there are no lights to dim, no popcorn to smell, the once intense reverberating sound and art of audio mixing, is now forced to protrude from broken TV sound bars. The magnificent subtle nuances of orchestral scores, become muffled by the yelling of neighbors. As basic and selfish as it may seem, Covid-19 served as a reminder of the unobtainable nostalgia and senses that surround my past, the art of escapism through film. In 2020 I witnessed the passing of loved ones, relationships dwindle, and ironically the comfort of escapism...has now escaped me. Movie theaters were closed, the discomfort of the slightly course and rough woven stitched seats, became a desperate dream, a return to normalcy. The artificial smell of buttered popcorn, along with the overpriced snacks, became memories of an easier past.
I wrote Henshin, as a manifestation of the changes of Covid-19. It isn't necessarily that films can never be enjoyed again, but the ability to truly escape, is gone. We view, smell, feel and see things differently now. The bombastic sensation within a theater, sharing the laughs, cries and emotions with other children, is now replaced with a constant checking of watches to return again to the world. The smell of artificial flavoring may be gone forever. Loved ones will never carry us out of a theater again. The inconvenient sounds of crowds, machines, and other viewers, are now replaced with conventional house noises. Undoubtedly film will return, theaters will open up again, but the once wholesome experience from the past has changed. The families laughs have now turned to cries, quoting movies with one another has turned to editing eulogies, smells are now memories instead of new experiences.
The Pandemic impacted everyone in different ways. Everyone's life changed in one way or another. For me, my life went from hustling and bustling to peace, silence, and alone time. Before the Pandemic, my daily routine was driving 45 minutes to work daily, frequent trips to Mexico, and I was constantly on the move. A full-time student, and part-time tutor, I was continually helping students and finding study time at my local Community College. Also, I would frequent local Starbucks often to work on my reading and writing assignments. However, when the Pandemic hit, everything changed for me. Now, instead of driving to work daily and visiting Mexico, I found myself working online, studying in my room, and not seeing anyone face to face except for immediate relatives. For the majority of the Pandemic, I did not go anywhere as I previously did. In other words, the hustling and bustling of the highway now turned into silence, the continued camaraderie between students and cow-workers now turned into silence, and just like that, my life altered to a new dimension of silence like have never experienced.
My first mask was given to me by my dad.
Although the meme is meant to be comedic, I feel that it reflects the reality of the stressors many people faced during the pandemic. To begin, the anxiety that the coronavirus disease brought into the public severely affected the mental health of many individuals across the globe. During the mandated lockdowns, I , like many others around me, began experiencing a decline in my happy hormones. At the time the pandemic restrictions were being put into place, I was living on campus with three other roommates. With the fear of spreading the disease unintentionally, the three moved out of the dorm right away and I was left to be on my own due to personal housing issues taking place at the time. The lack of interaction with anyone took a toll on my mental health. I missed my friends and my mom, I just wanted to be around someone, but we could only have visitors if they were helping us move out.
On top of personal mental health struggles, events taking place across the country were also scarring. Protests in response to racial injustice under an administration that made it hard to feel safe unless you were a white male in America only added to the helpless state of being. Watching cases upon cases of unjustifiable abuse made the environment only more threatening than it initially seemed when the pandemic was first reported. The election of November 2020 was suspenseful in terms of who would be elected could potentially determine vital living situations for people all across the United States, whether it be immigrant status, being a person of color, or not being able to afford paying for housing in general.
Financial troubles took over the country and the stimulus checks were not enough to cover housing, food, home essentials, especially when some dependents and entire families were not able to receive help because of their citizenship or dependent status. Many tried to turn towards their faith, the keyword being “tried.” Although not all religions focus on gatherings or physical objects, many people were unable to get access to these common preferred forms of practice and felt that virtual gatherings seemed ingenuine or illegitimate.
Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic had many more severe effects on a global scale in all aspects of life. From concerns of the health of others, oneself, finances, practice of faith, and fear of safety in your own home, the negative effects are consistent as it seems that everything continues to pose a threat to daily living. I hope that everything eventually falls back into place and that justice is put in place so that people do not have to fear their own existence.
As a student in my last semester in Brooklyn college, I was looking forward to an easy semester with electives since I was done with all of my major classes. However, a downfall for me was that there was a very interesting internship which I wanted to proceed with but couldn’t because the program was no longer available because of budget issues that were caused by the coronavirus. This internship was going to provide me with an insight of what my career will look like but that never happened.
As an employee of the city of New York, I was still required to work in some form. For example, instead of coming to work physically we transformed our workplace to “zoom” meeting where our work would be done in 2-4 hours and we would still get paid for 8 hours. I saw this as an opportunity to take advantage of since I heard other employees who requested to still show up physically and were dropping like flies with the corona virus, one after another. However, mid-year, around June or July, employees were required to help out in other agencies such as the 311 center because of the increase of food shortages and other aid citizens needed. Eventually, in September we were allowed to go back to work physically – something I was looking forward to since I was more comfortable being where I knew the place and the people.
Mentally and physically, COVID 19 prevented me and many others from staying physically active which led to me gaining unhealthy weight. It was a nonstop binge of eating and just sitting down. Granted, there were opportunities to go out for a walk or work out in the park – but those were chances that I wasn’t going to take because I knew I have a mother with underlying conditions which I had to do everything to prevent her from getting the virus. One thing that I did learn to do during these times is to cut and trim my own hair. Also, this was a perfect time for me to enhance my skills in freehand sketching since thats something I'm good at.
Nevertheless, COVID 19 was an experience like no other that everyone had to grow through, and we continue to just learn and grow from it.
For my second primary source I decided to write a poem to express my feelings on the pandemic. I start to dive in to the handling of the pandemic in the present day and my discontent with how America had been handling it. I choose a poem because of my love of musical writing and how you can interpret it in multiple different ways. The boredom that arrose from quarantine got me to start to learn the guitar and get into writing songs to help me find meaning when I felt alone. Also I thought a poem would be the best way to express my frustration with losing some of the the supposedly best years of peoples lives. If we are going to compare my other primary source, the journal entries, and this poem; I think that the poem is a much better way to portray my experience with the pandemic. In the future, researchers will be able to use this primary sources because of my view on the role of government on the pandemic. Yes, my poem is very opinionated, but its what a lot of students think today about how some younger people oppose another lockdown.
The material presents racism during the Pandemic and how it has affected people from different racial communities like Hispanic Latinos, Asians, and African Americans.
The main part of my life and any 20 year old college student's life is their school work. Every major has taken a serious impact on the way their courses are taught, the way they are absorbing information and especially the way they are collaborating with their peers. I am studying Interior Design and personally my hands on collaborative classes are now all taught virtually. Typically I would spend hours with my classmates talking about projects and brainstorming new ideas together. Now I have turned to opening my creative conversations with my roommates, who are not in design majors, but it gives me a different point of view. I believe I am benefiting from this type of learning, but of course I am constantly missing out on what this typical semester should look like. My four roommates and I are sitting at our desks for 8 hours a day logging in and out of virtual meetings trying to create a new sense of normal. Typically we all would be gone throughout the whole day and hardly see one another, but now we are all constantly together in our individual rooms trying to continue our education.
I wrote this paper for my final project for HIS103 at Niagara University in 2020.
Going to college is fun, but because of COVID I will not be able to experience the full definition of college. I will never be able to experience freshman orientation or experience the touching of the thresher framing instrument. But I am still glad that my college still puts out great things for me and my friends to do to experience somewhat of what college is supposed to be.
The metro post signs warning that a social distance of 1 meter must be kept and a face mask must be worn all-time in the metro.
This was a short paper assignment from a professor for an English class and we had free range with it so I decided to write my feelings and experiences during COVID times and this was the result.
This passed year has been a journey for everybody all over the world. We each were forced to figure out what to do, how to deal with our problems and adjust to it. The Corona pandemic changed everybody's lives with out a choice as well as some permanent changes. The corona virus also did change my personal perspectives on life and towards how I feel. When the corona virus began I lost my job, I wasn't able to see my friends ,I was forced to do things I never done and I felt miserable. Now looking back this journey was super important and it opened my eyes to the idea of change and to be grateful. The corona virus allowed me to work and change many of the habits I didn't like about myself like my eating habits. The corona virus forced me to try to figure out how to use a computer better. The corona virus also allowed me to understand the importance of what patience. Another thing I gained was realizing how important family is especially in a miserable time and why support is needed. Overall we can say go bad and how much damage there is or we can look at the greater picture and look at many of the changes we went through and look at that as an opportunity to be grateful like appreciating health and coming out of this alive and well!
Through the pandemic I have never stopped working. My wife and so many others were laid off and impacted through all of this. I smile because we have been able to maintain our livelihood and health.
"Faye Dai is an NYU Shanghai senior who stayed quarantined in her housing-estate apartment in Shanghai between January and March 2020. Here she talks to Journalism 225 professor Ellen Berkovitch about why Chinese elected to stay home and self-quarantine when the pandemic got under way in Wuhan."
This article page includes an audio recording of an interview between Ellen Berkovitch and Faye Dai, a senior journalism student, about quarantine in Wuhan, which was developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"Listen to how a Cirque du Soleil aerialist is meeting the challenges of Covid-19."
This multimedia article describes the impact of the pandemic and social distancing on performing artists, including Steven Brine an aerialist with Cirque Du Soleil and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"Wet markets have been demonized as the site where the novel coronavirus was introduced. What is a wet market? What role does it play in Asian culture? All are questions that have not been answered."
This article describes wet markets in Asia and the impact of the pandemic on these markets and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"This audio documentary was edited to best relay how covid-19 is impacting nurses on a personal level as well as professional level. Kayla records all throughout her day. She has been generous to allow us insight into her life treating patients and coping with coronavirus impacts. "
This multimedia article describes the daily life of a nurse during the pandemic and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications increased a full 34 percent in one month between February and March this year according to an Express Scripts report."
This article describes the impact of the pandemic on individual's mental health and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"DIY nightlife in New York City is quite an impressive achievement given the high volume of other, more institutional nightlife venues and agendas all through New York’s five boroughs. New York City is known all across the world for its bars, nightclubs, music venues and other social spaces, not only because of the city being a microcosm but also because of the rather lenient limitations of the city’s curfew on alcohol sales, allowing clubs to operate until 4:00 am or later."
This article describes the impact of the pandemic on queer nightlife and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
This article page includes an episode of the Pratt Sports Corner Podcast discussing college sports and the impact of Covid-19 and the author's own sports career. It was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"When I first began thinking of my beat, I wanted it to be something that I actively participate in creating. Being a graphic design major, I thought that a design beat would be appropriate."
This article describes the author's beat and why they chose this topic and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"When COVID-19 first hit the US, Allyson Angelini of Full Heart Farm began to hear of disruptions to farming operations in the Seattle area. She knew it was only a matter of time before her farm would be impacted."
This multimedia article describes the launch of the Full Heart Farm Collective amidst the pandemic and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"When I started my final semester at Pratt I never could have imagined we were about to witness the most deadly pandemic in 100 years. Looking back, I politely discussed journalism theory in the first half of the semester, whereas today I tread water amid a journalism tsunami (More than 33,000 jobs furloughed or lost in the U.S. since March.)"
This article describes the author's beat for the class and progress they made so far in the semester and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"The pandemic COVID-19 has taken its tour around the world. Within weeks what looked first as a story limited to east Asia resulted in over one million cases in the U.S. and 90,000 deaths around the world."
This article describes the pandemic in China and its effect on Chinese citizens and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"Before the coronavirus lockdown, I was on a mission to inform readers about healthcare treatments, alternatives, and the systems surrounding them. I sought to provide solutions that would, in turn, foster self-advocacy for underfunded and under-researched chronic illnesses. "
This article describes the author's change in their beat due to the pandemic and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"The XFL came onto the scene back in 2001. It was supposed to be an even more extreme version of the NFL; unfortunately it only lasted a season. Due to its “extreme” aspect, it created many problems such as some of its start players getting injured. What can we as football fans expect from this new revived XFL, as of 2018?"
This article describes what fans could expect from the XFL in the coming years and the impact of the pandemic on the first season and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"The political climate of “One Country, Two Systems” of my mother’s home country of Hong Kong hit home for me as a first-generation American. A part of me resonates with student protestors resisting a communist regime such as China."
This article describes the abrupt change from writing about Hong Kong and China and its protests to writing about the Covid-19 pandemic, written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"As the coronavirus pandemic reshapes huge swaths of society, the design world is responding with eye-catching visual messages of safety and gratitude. Because of this, there has been a huge surge of design activism."
This article describes the increase of posters aiming to spread PSAs and messages of love and solidarity in NYC and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"Lucy Borden is a graduating senior at FIT in New York City and despite claiming to have had an amazing three and a half years, and says she’s excited to wrap up her undergraduate college career, she is unsatisfied and disappointed with how its coming to an end."
This article describes the impact of the pandemic on senior art student's showcases which were to be shown to the public and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
The global pandemic has been hard on so many people and has forced everyone in the world to adjust their lives to what is going around in the air. It has been especially hard to assimilate to the new way of college. Luckily I just finished my sophomore year at DePaul, but for many of my close friends their times at DePaul have come to an end. It has been a sudden and abrupt end to their college years. They went from working and hanging with friends to stuck at home and not being able to live up the last year of college with friends they have spent college with. This has been tough for everyone to see close friends have to leave a place they have been accustomed to for 4 years and to leave the ones who have built some of the deepest and closest friendships people can experience. COVID 19 has robbed the seniors of the pinnacle of their college life.
"As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, so does its impact. Designers, most of our work being analog and intimate, are left in a hard place at the time when places to encounter designed publications grow fewer, and printing costs grow prohibitive, without a live audience."
This article includes interviews with Robert Blair and Kurt Woerpel, two of the four founders of TXTbooks in Brooklyn on how publishers are changing with the COVID-19 pandemic and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"Sixteen-year-old Patricia discovered she was pregnant after a taxi driver in her city of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, raped her."
This article is responding to an article from Rewire News on a story of rape and abortion in Mexico, and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"In March of 2020, the entire world stands still as anxiety relating to coronavirus grows widespread."
This article describes wellness companies and their push for "spiritual" or natural healthcare during the pandemic and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"It has been three months since we lost one of the greatest athletes to walk the earth, his name was Kobe Bryant."
This article describes the legacy and impact of Kobe Bryant and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
"After the initial spread of the COVID-19 from its epicenter its Wuhan, China, government officials from around the world are faced with making important decisions that affect the wellbeing of their nation. "
This article describes the federal and state government responses to COVID-19 from Brooklyn and was written by a senior journalism student following a beat developed and thought about in terms of the "local" in a journalism course at Pratt Institute that was upended by the pandemic.
The Metro Third: Pratt's Virtual Dispatch from NY, NJ and CT Spring semester of 2020 was my first one teaching at Pratt. HMS chair Arlene Keizer asked me last fall to re-envision a curriculum for Introduction to Journalism. Clearly, no one could have envisioned the novel coronavirus crisis. And this website gives testament to the six students’ initiative, resiliency, creativity and journalistic integrity during what was, for all of them, their final semester senior year.
The KNPR State of Nevada Paper
One of the most common assignments given in PSC 100 (Nevada Constitution) and PSC 101 (Introduction to American Politics) is a paper summarizing a segment of the Nevada National Public Radio’s program The State of Nevada. All students who graduate from a Nevada public university are required to take a course covering the Nevada Constitution. UNLV alone offers over thirty 60-student PSC 100 courses, ten 45-student PSC 101 courses, and three 250-student PSC 101 courses. UNR offers these same courses. Therefore, many students write KNPR papers. This entry serves as a reference point for these papers in the archive.
The KNPR State of Nevada website: https://knpr.org/programs/knprs-state-nevada
The template for the KNPR assignment is below. Note that this is only a template, and specific instructors have modified this assignment to suit their needs. Details will vary.
KNPR “State of Nevada” Paper: Program Instructions and Grading Criteria
You are required to complete a brief writing assignment valued at 15%.
You must complete your summary on a broadcast of a KNPR (88.9 FM Radio) “State of Nevada” program, which is broadcast from 9-10am and 7-8pm Monday through Friday. From time to time, an alternative program airs in its place: Be certain you are listening to the “State of Nevada.” Previous days’ programs are available on streaming audio online. To access podcasts online:
• Go to KNPR "State of Nevada" Program Website
The segment you write on must:
• Be related to Nevada government or a current public issue such as education, gun control, or politics. It may not, for example, be sports or entertainment-related.
• Be at least 15 minutes long.
Write at least a 700-word summary of what you heard. Be sure to address the following:
• What was the topic being discussed? Provide background.
• Who were the participants? Be sure to name all.
• What were the specific issues or controversies discussed?
• What were the positions or points made by the participants? Were there opposing opinions?
This assignment is due by 11:00PM Friday of the 3rd week. You must submit your paper on the class Canvas site. Instructions on how to submit to Canvas are provided below. Papers will not be accepted via any alternative methods, even if received before the due date. Papers turned after the due date will not be graded. The only exceptions are for student illness or a death in the immediate family: Documentation must be provided. You must notify me within 2 days of the missed work and it must be completed within 7 days. Do not ask for any other exceptions.
Grading of the writing assignment will be based on the following:
• Your paper must be a minimum of 700 words (excluding your name, date, course, and the title). Shorter papers will have points deducted.
• Your assignments will be graded on content as well as style. You should answer the questions thoroughly and thoughtfully and your assignment should be grammatically correct with no misspelled words. The MLA formatting guidelines should be followed and a Works Cited page included.
• Points will be deducted from your paper as follows:
1) Discussion of topic: Content & style: 0-50 points off
2) Wrong topic: 100 points off
3) Program other than KNPR’s “State of Nevada:” 100 points off
4) Plagiarized: 100 points off and additional administrative penalties
5) Poor grammar, spelling: Between 5 and 50 points off
6) Failure to comply with MLA guidelines: 5-10 points off
7) Less than 700 words:
a. 650-699 words: 10 points off
b. 600-649 words: 20 points off
c. 550-599 words: 30 points off
d. 450-549 words: 40 points off
e. 350-450 words: 60 points off
f. 250-349 words: 70 points off
g. 150-249 words: 80 points off
h. <150 words: 100 points off
People took notice as the pandemic protesters (mostly white) screamed in officers faces with no harm coming to them. While black Americans meet with police brutality in staggering numbers.
Journal of Elia Lara Coria
Journal of Hector Lopez
A short recap of what my weeks look like while taking online classes during the pandemic.
Journals I wrote of ever day life being quarantined
*From Creator: Rahmo Abdullahi, Dougherty family college student, HIST 115
*Creator: Suad Nur, Dougherty Family College, HIST 115
Covid-19 and my academic experience. #PimaCC #WRT102
Important disinfecting products such as Clorox wipes and Lysol remain in short supply, despite the limiting of one per customer at the Newcastle, Oklahoma Walmart. These products are important in the disinfecting of the COVID-19 virus for both homes and businesses. These products have been difficult to find since at least mid-March of 2020. Contributed by Clinton P. Roberts, curatorial intern for Arizona State University, HST 580. #HST580 #ASU