Telling Our Stories: Western's Response to COVID-19

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WWU COVID story 64: Seda Foley
WWU COVID story 64: Seda Foley
I don’t think I ever really realize when something big is happening around me, something that is bigger than myself. At least I didn’t really think much of it when we got the text that classes were going online, in fact I was a little excited. I assumed this whole ... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 61: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 61: Anonymous
When we left school the week before spring break to mitigate the spread of a new disease, we didn’t realize the ways it would affect our educations, careers, and livelihoods. We went online at the end of my first year and in many ways, I still feel like a Freshman ... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 63: Dom Bryan
WWU COVID story 63: Dom Bryan
It was the end of February in 2020, I was sitting on some concrete steps on a stranger’s stoop in North Carolina. The air around me was muggy, clinging to my clothes. Forming beads of sweat on my brow. Spring was coming quickly. It was ... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 62: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 62: Anonymous
I took a few years off school after I graduated from high school and didn’t apply to Western until I was absolutely sure I wanted to be back in school. Unfortunately, I was to start my first year in the Fall of 2020, when the COVID-19 situation was bleak as ever. T... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 60: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 60: Anonymous
I must say, COVID-19 did give me a rare opportunity to live with my family again for a year. It felt as though I had taken an educational gap year, emphasis on the gap year. I got to eat the food they cooked, live under their roof, hang out with my siblings again a... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 59: Brandt Shelden
WWU COVID story 59: Brandt Shelden
I have been lucky enough to financially survive the pandemic (thus far) and so my experience with the pandemic has been centered much more on the social and political aspects than on the economic aspects. I have never really been a social person; I've never gone ou... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 58: Michelle Kjolso
WWU COVID story 58: Michelle Kjolso
I’m here, in the middle of this mess we call a Pandemic. We are living in Covid times; it’s not great. We are ok. We are pressing on. We are strong, resilient, and fighting. We are also assholes. Selfish, selfish assholes. Science tells us how to be safe and we don... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 57: Megan Terrell
WWU COVID story 57: Megan Terrell
The most challenging thing for me during COVID would have to be the fact that it makes it a lot difficult to stay on track during my online classes. I always get distracted by something, and then I miss something important that my professor may have said, which lea... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 56: Jaivier
WWU COVID story 56: Jaivier
My COVID experience has been very up and down from the start of the pandemic. In the beginning it seemed like a beneficial short break, as rules were being enforced, Winter quarter finals were coming up. Then once the pandemic got more intense, I found myself stuck... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 54: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 54: Anonymous
In August of 2020, my partner and I moved into our first home together. Honestly, I think this is the best thing I did to help myself succeed during the pandemic. Having a constant companion and support system has been incredibly helpful. I chose Western because it... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 53: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 53: Anonymous
Often, I feel like I’m living in the Sims. Toward the beginning of the pandemic, I actually went out and got a job, having just been a student for the year before. While it was stressful to be working in a food service job in an area where not a lot of people wear ... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 55: Hannah Durland
WWU COVID story 55: Hannah Durland
When COVID first started spreading in the US and was becoming an issue, I assumed it would be a somewhat more intense version of the flu and that it wasn’t really something to worry about. That changed pretty quickly when I got home after finals had all been cancel... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 52: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 52: Anonymous
Currently, I am in my second year at Western, but this is the first time I have done a full year of school fully online. If you had asked me during my time on campus last year where I thought I would be next year, I would not have told you that I would be attending... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 50: Sarah Hays
WWU COVID story 50: Sarah Hays
Throughout this Covid-19 pandemic I have seen and undergone several personal, societal, and academic changes. Everyone, including myself, wears masks when out in public to reduce viral spread, a distance of six feet is maintained between strangers now, and social g... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 51: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 51: Anonymous
When the pandemic began, it took some time to realize that where others were suffering from the loss of frequent interactions with others and the ability to go out and socialize, not much had changed for me. Before the shelter orders I had occasionally visited tho... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 49: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 49: Anonymous
I am a student in my senior year of my bachelors. The pandemic has changed my life dramatically during what I thought would be a really exciting time for me. I started my college journey in my hometown at a community college, and began going to Western already a ye... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 48: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 48: Anonymous
Covid has been both a blessing and a curse in that despite it having disrupted previously consistent daily routines of many, it’s allowed others to slow down and take the time to find themselves as people when capitalism and the previous pace of society didn’t give... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 47: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 47: Anonymous
At the start of the pandemic in March, I believed like many others that we would be back to “normal” quickly. I remember being in class and having a short conversation of the possibility of the schools closing for a small amount of time and thought nothing of it. I... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 46: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 46: Anonymous
Like many others, the pandemic has changed my life drastically. I unfortunately lost my job which has altered my daily routine significantly. I am lucky enough to have support from family and did not have to leave my housing situation when I was let go. The pandemi... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 45: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 45: Anonymous
At the beginning of 2020 COVID-19 didn’t seem real, or more like it was something that was happening to other states but not Washington, and Bellingham felt like a bubble separate and safe from what was happening in the world around it. During spring break, I made ... [open story for full text]

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