Mel

Mel is the founder of Posh Cycling and Fitness, a fitness studio located in College Park, Maryland. She has been a fitness instructor for over a decade, and has dreamed of starting her own chain of fitness studios for years. In 2018, she finally opened her first studio, which has since held hundreds of fitness…

Andrea

Andrea is a high school art teacher and senior advisor. “I don’t always hear from these kids. And it’s scary. It is very scary, even their artwork. I can’t display all the artwork that they’re doing right now on this website I’m doing because a lot of it is starting to get really dark.” Interview…

Keelyn

Keelyn is a grocery store employee. “There are two types of people you might encounter. There are always angry people who are upset. Then you have the other people, we have had customers bring in Chick-fil-A platters, sweets from piece-of-cake. People will bring in notes to thank us.” Interview highlight: “There are two types of…

Matt

Matt is a college student and works at the local grocery store, Weis, in the Central Pennsylvania area. “There was a guy that would come in with a full hazmat suit and everything…Technically, we have a sign outside that says you have to wear a mask to shop here, but our manager came up and…

Megan

Megan is a news reporter. “The one interesting thing that is happening now is that there is…with 9/11 and the snipers—is that the media is informing people with the information they need, and they are grateful for that. There is a segment of society now that thinks the media has made this up, and that…

Jo

Jo is a systems engineer that currently works as an instructor for Code in the Schools, a non-profit organization serving the Baltimore City Public Schools System. They are queer, Black, and Christian. “Being able to tell stories and the art of storytelling and the art of building relationships…and actually starting that healing process [is something]…

Regina

Regina is a UMD alumna, full-time school counselor, and founder of local hair salon Hair + Space Blowdry and Beauty Bar. As someone who grew up in Prince George’s county, she was thrilled to open her first salon in College Park last October. Since COVID-19 forced Regina to close her “nonessential” business in March, she…

Rita

Rita lives by herself and has kidney disease. “It’s gonna be a very strange world if this goes on a whole lot longer.” Interview highlights: “I miss my friends. I miss getting hugs. The one thing I wonder about is what this does or will do over a period of time to people’s relationships with…

Kennesha

Kennesha is a frontline worker who lives in Thorndale, PA. She is thirty-two years old. “I’m not sure that I am considered a hero, but the work that I do is very important to our international presence in the world and so we are an important cog in the system. I am very much appreciative…

Melissa

Melissa is an elementary school teacher in Rockville, Maryland. She has been teaching for over ten years. “It’s a matter of equity too. Some children have a lot of support and they’re going to get through this without a lot of issues and then children who are struggling- struggling learners- you know that’s going to…