Amanda

Amanda* is a 5th grade teacher for students with learning disabilities at a county elementary school in Maryland. “The biggest challenge is getting students to show up.” *Pseudonym provided by the interviewee. Interview highlight: “It’s been a little rough trying to get people to get online. We’re trying to figure out things like learning plans,…

Andrew

Andrew Collins is the Assistant Principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, a private Catholic school, in Olney, Maryland. “On Friday, before we left, we had three different training rooms, for teachers who were either fairly comfortable, fairly advanced with Google classroom and other iPad devices and apps, other people were kind of…

Jennifer

Jennifer is a frontline RN nurse who lives in Laurel, MD. She is twenty-nine years old. “My personal thoughts on the current administration’s handling of the pandemic vacillate between anger to despondency. I personally have grown weary of the lack of leadership, lack of trust of the medical professionals trained to address crises of this…

Katy

Katy is a frontline workers (music teacher) who lives in Riverdale, Maryland. She is thirty-five years old. “I don’t feel like a hero. I wanted to quit because I don’t have childcare, but we needed the paycheck. It’s been frustrating that my role has completely shifted, but that I’m still attempting to teach.” We are…

Rachel

Rachel is a recent college graduate with a B.A. in Psychology from George Washington University.  “I’m a big fan of mindfulness, and there are a lot of benefits, so mindfulness is being aware, [or] present…[and] there are mindfulness exercises such as, a body scan, mindfulness meditation… There’s a bunch of apps for it, Headspace is…

Jeremy

Jeremy is a college student at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. “Being together as a family, that helped. That’s been nice. I mean, it was already hard enough that we couldn’t go visit [my grandfather in the hospital]…If [my sister] was still in Oklahoma and I was in Baltimore, that would be…

Maddie

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…

Maureen

Maureen is a college student who works at an assisted living facility. “It was hard not seeing, like, our favorite [senior living] residents that we’d see like every day while we’re serving, um, but now we keep–there’s more appreciation with the residents…they leave like little notes, or like, give us candy.” Interview highlight: “It was…

Julianna

Julianna is a college student studying vocal performance to become a professional opera singer. “I used to feel really guilty about wanting to be a musician…But during this time, so many people have music, TV shows, listening, like, making their own music as a form of comfort, and that sounds corny, but I think there,…

Becky

Becky is a high school teacher and mother of three. She lives with her husband and her youngest daughter, who is in middle school. “I asked [my students], ‘what–what do you miss the most?’ and what they all said was, ‘I miss being with my friends, and hanging out with my friends.’ So, I think…