We asked you to submit photos that best represent how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your daily routines and how you’ve been spending your time. Here are some responses that were gathered by email.
Learning a new instrument | Andi Kerbs, a sophomore from Fort Riley, Kansas
Since COVID-19 has changed my life I have put my extra energy into finally learning the guitar. Here I am trying to get my face, guitar and chord sheet in the same picture after a long day of homework. I've been nannying three days a week for 9 plus hours, doing my regular homework, as well as chipping in with work for The Project on the History of Black Writing as it comes up. Unpopular opinion but I actually really like doing school online!
Finding a silver lining | Jaida Fulton, a senior from Topeka, Kansas
My screen time has significantly increased since this quarantine began. I had to turn off my screen time notifications because I’m embarrassed by how much time I spend looking at my phone. If I’m not on my phone, I’m watching TV or I’m online shopping. This is all a result of me trying to find a sense of escapism.
I feel like I’m slipping through the cracks as we spend each day in our homes for an indefinite amount of time. My home has never been a space for me to be productive, but now I’m forced to attend class through Zoom, complete the course work and work from home, all of which I’m struggling to maintain.
My anxiety has also increased. It was especially heightened during the first couple weeks. I think this drastic change took a toll on my mental health as having a routine was vital for me. My anxiety is becoming better as I become accustomed to this new reality. However, I think I’ve found a silver lining. Now that I have more time on my hands, I am cooking and working out more, which were both activities I had stopped due to the lack of time in my schedule.
Drafting a dissertation proposal | Christopher Peace, a doctoral student in the English department from Clinton, Mississippi
COVID-19 has tied me to my desk in ways that I could have never imagined. I’m in the middle of drafting my dissertation proposal on African American religion and genre studies, so this quarantine has given me some space to write more freely as I prepare for my upcoming proposal review on Zoom. Since the classes I’m teaching are online now, it seems like I don’t have ample time for anything outside of schoolwork. For digital relief, I am learning a new tarot deck centered on African American iconography. If nothing else, COVID-19 has given me a stark awareness of my social privileges and disadvantages as we attempt to move forward to a very uncertain future.
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