Maddie

Full transcription coming soon. The entire audio interview is available above.

Maddie is a student at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

“[This experience has] opened my eyes to like how fast something can change and how. . . stuff that you consider normal can just… not happen. I like to think of myself as a pretty optimistic person, but I do think that the severity of this pandemic has made me consult with a more . . . realistic viewpoint.” 


Interview highlights:

What has life been like back at home? 
Boring… stressful, um, my brother is stuck in California cause he’s not flying back… so it’s like weird experiencing being an only child … I don’t love it, I’m not thrilled. My parents are under a lot of stress too, so they’ve been very short tempered. I don’t know, it’s also weird living here for an extended period of time when I’ve been living essentially on my own for the last four years and… I find it very… annoying to have somebody constantly telling me what to do, like ‘this is when we’re gonna do this, this is when we’re gonna do that.’ I’m like, I’m still in school full time, like my schedule does not mesh with yours right now.

Do you think your experiences during this time have changed your outlook on the future in general? 
It opened my eyes to like how fast something can change and how. . . stuff that you consider normal can just… not happen. I like to think of myself as a pretty optimistic person, but I do think that the severity of this pandemic has made me consult with a more . . . realistic viewpoint. 

Maddie
Maddie smiling in front of a tree.

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