Liz

Liz is a second-year undergraduate student. She is the daughter of an immigrant and a refugee. “I was really frustrated with the university, because I felt they made their decision based on the assumption that everyone has a stable home to go to, a home they wanna go to, which is definitely not true.” Interview…

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…

Shabnam

Shabnam is a mother to an elementary school boy and a middle school girl. She has been working from home since the start of quarantine. “So, that’s the challenge I have from the work, on top of it, the kids are home…this is the nightmare part…the first two weeks I cry a couple of times,…

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…

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…

Alexa

Alexa* is an English and International Baccalaureate Program Theatre teacher at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland. “Before all of this started, my wife and I had been trying to have a third baby… she is newly pregnant in the midst of all of this and having to go in for weekly appointments for…

Kathy

Kathy is a type-one diabetic who works as a nurse at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, New Jersey. “I wasn’t worried about not getting a job again cuz like, I know I would get a job cuz I have a lot of experience, I was more worried about my fellow nurses that were gonna stay…

Karen

Karen has a father with stage four stomach cancer and is currently moving. “When [my dad] has chemo, I take advantage of it because he’s stuck in a chair. I miss that. And I feel like that’s time that has been taken away from me that I’ll never get back.” Interview highlights: “[Our moving process]…

Marjorie

Marjorie is a senior at Salisbury, Maryland. She is studying business management and is a member of a sorority on campus. She works as a leasing consultant and had another on campus job before COVID-19 shutdowns. “Before this all happened, I said I would never miss going to class.” Interview highlight: “Before this all happened,…