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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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]
WWU COVID story 44: Maggie Beton
WWU COVID story 44: Maggie Beton
I’ll never forget the night when my boyfriend first told me about the cases in China. It was December 2019 and I never could have predicted that it would ever reach the US. “This is going to get very bad if it spreads,” he said. I usually try to block out upsetting... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 43: Khadija Krambo
WWU COVID story 43: Khadija Krambo
2020 was definitely a year I wished the pandemic didn’t occur in. The year I would become an adult, the year I would graduate high school with my Associates Degree, the year I would begin University. I managed to accomplish all three with the use of my laptop and s... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 42: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 42: Anonymous
In Winter 2020, I agonized over Microbiology keeping me from attending office hours for Animal Behavior. Of course, since it was Microbiology, it was the first class to move online. I was sure that the rumors of the virus were exaggerated and that it was another ca... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 41: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 41: Anonymous
Making the transition to online learning, for many, including myself, has been very difficult. Whilst the college atmosphere before the pandemic was not perfect, it allowed space to roam, and the ability to do classwork in places besides one's room. For me, the bed... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 40: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 40: Anonymous
COVID-19 has certainly taken its toll on normal day to day life compared to how it was prior to the pandemic. As we have seen the pandemic spread and expand, our daily routines have been altered in order to fit the guidelines for our new norm. For me personally, th... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 34: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 34: Anonymous
Covid-19 has had more of an impact than I initially thought. I remember when classes were first put online and we were sent home, back in March of 2020. My friends and I all felt that it would just be a few weeks. Cut to February 2021, almost an entire year later, ... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 33: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 33: Anonymous
I would like the future community/university to acknowledge the possibility that life as we know it can change in the blink of an eye. Your loved ones can be here one minute and not be here the next. The culmination of emotion in terms of appreciating those closest... [open story for full text]
WWU COVID story 32: Anonymous
WWU COVID story 32: Anonymous
Going into freshman year I was looking forward to getting a fresh start out of high school, enjoying the beautiful Western campus, and meeting new people. When Covid 19 hit it March, I was expecting to have a week taken from my senior year at most. The week tu... [open story for full text]

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