Jacob Frisch Oral History, 2020/09/19


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Jacob Frisch Oral History, 2020/09/19
Covid 19 Quarantine (Northeastern University - Jacob Frisch)

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I interviewed Jacob Frisch about his experiences from Covid 19 and how it impacted his life.
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Jacob Giering

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Jacob Frisch

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Long Island
New York

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Jake Giering 0:00
Do you give consent to be interviewed for the COVID-19 archive project? Yes, I do. Could you please state the date and time?

Jacob Frisch 0:08
It is September 19. And the time is 3:07pm.

Jake Giering 0:11
And could you please give your name and where you're from?

Jacob Frisch 0:14
I'm Jacob Frisch and I'm from Long Island, New York.

Jake Giering 0:17
Perfect. So my first question is How has the pandemic affected your life in general, your school life, your social life?

Jacob Frisch 0:28
The pandemic has affected all aspects of my life, in terms of social life, I couldn't really go out with my friends to restaurants, or eat inside. And I couldn't go to concerts and, and things like that. So it definitely hurt my social life. But I tried to make the best of it and spend a lot of time with my friends in nature. In terms of school life, I went online after March 9. So there wasn't much school life or clubs or extracurricular activity, but we did the best we could on zoom.

Jake Giering 0:58
How did your teachers transition to online learning? And what did online learning look like for you?

Jacob Frisch 1:04
Yeah, so my school closed down on March 9, once a staff member was infected with covid. And it was it was rough initially, because a lot of my teachers aren't the best with technology. So it was it was very difficult in the beginning, and that it wasn't always working out. But my teachers eventually got the hang of it learned how to use zoom and the websites and it it worked out after a few weeks.

Jake Giering 1:26
Did you have designated zoom meeting times? Or was it more like they gave you assignments? And you just did them?

Jacob Frisch 1:33
Depending on the class, some classes just gave assignments like Jim, because there wasn't really a point to meeting scheduled time. Whereas in Spanish, we always had our first period meeting at 7am.

Jake Giering 1:45
Interesting. What about your extracurricular activities? What did they look like? What were you into? And how are they affected by the pandemic?

Jacob Frisch 1:55
Right? So I mostly did business clubs, such as Wall Street investors, which is where we did stock simulations, online, and other business clubs. So basically, the club was impacted a lot. And we didn't have the in person meetings and the the chemistry between people. That was what made the club so great, but we still made the best of it. And we, we still continued with our investment competitions online. And we still had zoom meetings, and like, Did our presentations, but it wasn't the same. And we just made the best of it.

Jake Giering 2:27
How often did you guys meet?

Jacob Frisch 2:29
We usually met every Thursday.

Jake Giering 2:32
Okay, for how long?

Jacob Frisch 2:34
Usually 45 to 45 minutes to an hour.

Jake Giering 2:38
And then your job? How is that impacted if you had one?

Jacob Frisch 2:43
So I worked at a supermarket named Shoprite. since freshman year of high school, once COVID occurred, my parents did not want me to return to work. So I, I temporarily quit on March 13. And I will hopefully go back for December break.

Jake Giering 2:59
Interesting. And what kind of things did the supermarket do to respond to COVID?

Jacob Frisch 3:07
The supermarket put up plastic screens in between each register, they made a separate line with six feet rules before you could even go on a register. So there was a separate line before each register, and the manager would send you on that line. You one or two people were only allowed on a line at once since they were so far spaced out. And the customers and the cashiers alike had to wear masks and be very respectful and careful of each other.

Jake Giering 3:33
Does the pandemic make you worried or anxious, especially going into college in a city?

Jacob Frisch 3:39
Yeah, I was initially very nervous to come to college because I really didn't know what to expect. And I didn't know how well Northeastern would handle it. But luckily Northeastern has been amazing testing us every three days. And making some designated spaces that we can stay safe and still socialize. I am a little nervous being in a city because it is a big change from being in a suburb dealing with a pandemic. But the only real risk in my mind is taking the train within in the reality of things really isn't that big of a deal still.

Jake Giering 4:07
Yeah. How do you feel about the responses from your home state and the responses on a national and global scale?

Jacob Frisch 4:21
I think initially my state was very, very hit. It was hit very hard. But Governor Cuomo did a great job in taking it under control. And it's not one of the best states. What about the national responses? What do you

Jake Giering 4:34
think about that?

Jacob Frisch 4:36
I personally think President Trump didn't handle the pandemic as well as he could have. And initially, he didn't even wear a mask until June or July. He was advertising like false or ineffective treatment methods that that put many people's lives in danger. And it wasn't really fair for them to do that. Yeah.

Jake Giering 4:58
What about memorable stories or experiences due to covid good or bad?

Jacob Frisch 5:04
I'd say a good memorable story was that my friends and I used to do a ton of bike rides and jogs in the woods. And we became a lot closer as a result, just having so much time to spend where we weren't just doing homework or studying.

Jake Giering 5:17
And then anything bad?

Jacob Frisch 5:20
anything bad in terms of what?

Jake Giering 5:23
memorable instances anything specific that happened?

Jacob Frisch 5:27
Yeah, when I found out prom was canceled, I was really, really upset. And I had everything planned out, like the limo, all of that, and all of it got canceled. And another bad thing was when my principal announced what we were doing for graduation, and that we had a graduation in our mall parking lot near the high school. And although, although it was much better than nothing, it was it was still there were still some major flaws with it. And it was definitely an adjustment.

Jake Giering 5:53
Yeah, absolutely.

And then what about the best thing that happened from COVID. And then the worst thing as well.

Jacob Frisch 6:01
I just say the best thing about COVID in general, which is being able to spend more time with friends and family and just like realizing that the little things in life are really what's important and just making the most out of your time with people. And I would just say the worst thing is that, like our senior year, was really impacted as well as our freshman year of college. And just being able to adjust to life without like, the things we were used to is very difficult.

Jake Giering 6:26
Absolutely. Well, thank you very much.

Jacob Frisch 6:29
Thank you.

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