Submissions from 2021
2020, A Year to Remember, Anonymous
5 year embargo applies. My reflection touches on the end of my senior year of high school, the uncertainty I felt during the beginning of the pandemic, and difficulties starting college in a pandemic.
Class assignment for Professor Marino, Western Civilization HI-102. I felt it was my duty to continue volunteering my time and service as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Bullied by COVID’s Isolation, Anonymous
Class assignment for Professor Marino, Western Civilization. My content is a self reflection of the obstacles that COVID 19 presented to me, specifically isolation. The time period is from November - January 2020-2021. The location was campus at Sacred Heart University and describes the feeling of being isolated away from the view of a simple human smile that can bring comfort and acceptance to someone. Having the freedom of enjoying the company of others taken away from you.
Days Started to Blend Together, Anonymous
5 year embargo applies to this Covid reflection paper. High school felt unfinished. When the time came to make a decision about where I was going to go to school in the fall, I was very conflicted.
Days with Extreme Highs and Lows, Anonymous
This account shares my feelings and certain situations and events specific to those who graduated high school and started college during the pandemic. It also shares some of the common stressors during the beginning of the pandemic and interesting and unexpected situations.
Everything Resembled a Ghost Town, Anonymous
Personal reflection paper. I remember going for a drive and just seeing everything dark with no one around and I couldn’t help but think about how depressing it was to see everything resemble a ghost town.
Living Through Covid-19, Anonymous
Class assignment Western Civilization. 5 year embargo applies. I had my last day of high school without even knowing it. Never getting the opportunity to say goodbye to all my teachers or friends was heartbreaking. These people I grew up with my whole school life I won't get to see until maybe my 10-year reunion.
My Covid-19 reflection. Spending time with friends and family, traveling, and just being able to experience life have all been put on pause for who knows how long.
Never Take Life For Granted, Anonymous
As someone who has lost a loved one to this virus, I have learned to never waste a minute when I am with my family because you never know if that will be the last time you see them.
Five year embargo applies. This is a first hand account of my life as a high school student during the years 2020-2021. I go into depth about what the world was like and how I live my life now compared to how I did in years prior. This piece will give future generations insight into what a pandemic is like and how to push through it.
Nothing Short of a Culture Shock, Anonymous
Primary source reflection paper for Western Civilization. We were in uncharted territories with new rules and restrictions. All of these new rules and cancellations happened at once and there was no true way to have been prepared.
Primary Source Reflection, Anonymous
Class assignment Western Civilization 1500 HI-102-N. 5 year embargo applies. During this never-ending time, it has taught me patience, but it has also brought me anger.
Quarantine was definitely scary and sad not being able to do our everyday activities but being able to spend quality time with my family really warmed my heart.
Quarantine, But in Florida, Anonymous
Western Civilization primary source reflection. In late February, my classmates were sitting in the back of our AP Government class when our teacher gave us international news updates. He mentioned some ‘Chinese virus’ named Coronavirus that was causing China to go into a nationwide lockdown. We found it more interesting that a virus was named after a beer instead of the actual occurrences.
Time With Family Is Valuable, Anonymous
What did help me get through this pandemic was running and watching movies. Almost a year into this pandemic, things about my way of life are still the same, but it taught me who my true friends are and that time with family is valuable.
Will the Virus Continue to Impact the World?, Anonymous
A reflection assignment for Western Civilization: Since 1500 HI-102-N. It was written on 2/24/21 and it talks about my experiences during the pandemic. It is hard to imagine what the young kids are going to grow up with, if this virus continues to impact the world.
The World Had Come to a Pause, Brianna Anonymous
This personal reflection gives information on covid-19 and how hard it was for not only myself but medical staff.
March 13, 2020: Excitement and Anxiety, Caitlin Anonymous
My primary source paper covers my feelings about covid from when it first started, to the midst of the pandemic and my hopes for the future. I also discuss what I learned or gained from experiencing a pandemic.
Disparities in the Country Unfold Before Me, Ella Anonymous
My Covid-19 personal reflection. In some parts of the country, mask mandates were created and followed, yet elsewhere people were packed on beaches without a mask in sight.
Pandemics, Jessica Anonymous
Class assignment for Professor Marino, Western Civilization. This explains my experience with covid and how it affected my life and my senior year of high school.
SHU Mandatory Weekly Testing, Citlalli Godinez
News article by Citlalli Godinez for the February 17, 2021 issue of The Spectrum.
Mahwah Class of 2020, Jacqueline Paruszek
Class assignment. This lifestyle in the COVID pandemic has become the new normal and it is hard to think about life without masks, social distancing, sweatpants every day, and sanitizing whenever I get the chance.
What It May Be Like After The Chaos, Kassidy Pratt
The paper I wrote reflects on my first hand experiences and thoughts during my senior year with COVID-19. I started with the beginning the pandemic and how hard it was to accept what was happening. Then I move to talk about how I accepted it and learned to live with it in the new "normal."
It Was Worse Than We Thought: Weeks Turned Into Months, Adriana (Rosie) Salsone
Class assignment for Western Civilization. The beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic was a haze for me. I remember it being a similar feeling to when I was living through Hurricane Sandy. At the start of the epidemic, my sister and I went to the grocery store because we were so nervous, we were going to be locked in our house for two weeks. It was worse than we thought.
The Pandemic has been the Hardest Time of My Life, Jessica Zarrilli
Class assignment. 2020 started off as a regular year, we counted down from ten and the clock struck twelve. No one knew what the future would hold.
Submissions from 2020
A Break from the Outside World, Anonymous
I took quarantine as a break from the outside world and used it as a time to work on my mental health. I looked at it as a time to self-reflect and learned to take things day by day.
A Monster No One Had Conquered Before, Anonymous
My experience of the Covid-19 pandemic starting in March 2020 and going through September 2020. It has been a struggle living through this pandemic, but my hope and faith in God has kept me going and will continue to sustain me until we reach the end.
Anything Can Happen Within a Blink of an Eye, Anonymous
This reflects my experience during Covid-19 because it compromised my senior year of high school. Class assignment for Professor Marino, Western Civilization.
A Rollercoaster of Emotions, Anonymous
COVID-19 has been a surreal experience but one that has made me stronger. I am proud of myself and the people in our country who quarantined so that we could save lives.
My plans for 2020 were much different from how it actually played out. I had plans to study abroad, turn 21, and start my senior year of college. I never expected a worldwide pandemic to ruin it all.
A Time of Uncertainty for All People, Anonymous
Living through a global pandemic is something that I never thought I would have to endure.
5 year embargo applies.
A Time to Remember, Anonymous
COVID has truly been a time to remember. Six months ago, on March 13th the whole world changed. Experiencing a global pandemic first hand has been an experience I will never forget.
A Whole New Lifestyle, Anonymous
I never thought I would ever have to be told to “social distance” from people I call my best friends.
Beyond the fear, loneliness, and confusion, there was hope, unity within people, and a time to take a break from all that was happening in life and just reflect.
Coronavirus Personal Experience, Anonymous
The document explains how I felt and what I experienced during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Don't Take Anything for Granted, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization: Since 1500 HI-102. Embargo applied.
This writing reflects my experience during this time because it talks about what I went through as a senior in high school to now as a freshman in college from the day it all started on March 13th to now and how it has changed my life, things I have gone through, and things I would like the kids of the future to know.
Expect the Unexpected, Anonymous
The content shows how Covid affected me and my family and what I want future generations to know.
Experience During COVID-19, Anonymous
This submission from Professor James Bartley was a class assignment from a student who maintained a journal describing her experience working at a hospital during the pandemic.
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected every single person on this planet. Ever since the virus hit the U.S. our way of life has changed and hasn’t gone back to normal. Not only has every single person been affected by the pandemic, but almost every aspect of living has been changed.
Isolation and Quarantine, Anonymous
My Covid experience talks about the day we were moved out to the present.
Life during Covid, Anonymous
Explains what life was like during the COVID 19 pandemic. This was an assignment for Western Civilization.
Life has Changed for Everyone, Anonymous
We were all use to living our lives without fear and now we have to worry everyday. Covid has definitely impacted the world and made society more paranoid. Life has changed for everyone due to covid.
I went from hanging out with my friends every day to being completely isolated. Watching my family struggle more and more with finances because my father was out of work was devastating. I ended up meeting with a therapist over zoom to find some positivity and hope in my life. After a few sessions I started becoming more hopeful.
More Conscious of the Things that I Value, Anonymous
This document is a response to the question, "what would you like future generations to understand about what life was like during a pandemic?". My response talks about my personal experience with Covid-19 and how it has changed my life.
My Heart Sank a Little More, Anonymous
I'm glad I get to share the hardships I went through during quarantine and I can talk about the impact COVID19 had on me and my family.
Class assignment for Western Civilization.
The world is truly a remarkably interesting place to live in and I have witnessed incredible changes during the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic.
Quarantining at Home, Anonymous
What it was like quarantining at home and how it felt living through the pandemic.
Quarantining at Home, Anonymous
My family had multiple positive cases (of Covid-19). Luckily no one had died or been greatly harmed from it. Within my own household we had made memories that will last a lifetime.
The Class of 2020, Anonymous
The class of 2020 will go down in history as one of the most unique graduating classes in history.
The World Came to a Screeching Halt, Anonymous
March 12th, that is the first day I realized Covid’s severity. NBA player Rudy Gobert tests positive for Covid and the entire NBA season was paused. At this point I’m thinking, if someone as big and famous as Gobert contracted the virus then anyone can get it.
This Virus is Not Going Away, Anonymous
Living during the COVID-19 pandemic was nothing short of infuriating. If there is anything I have learned about America, it is that some people are extremely selfish.
When is This Going to be Over?, Anonymous
Assignment for the class Western Civilization.
For future generations, living life during this pandemic was having a perpetual thought of “when is this going to be over?” To look at life beforehand and not take anything for granted and live in the moment because one may never know when something drastic like a virus can change life in a blink of an eye.
The World Pressed a Pause on Life, Cassandra Anonymous
Class assignment HI 102 Western Civilization: Since 1500.
For many weeks I looked at the disadvantages that COVID-19 brought, and then I started seeing personal positives.
My Life has Changed Right Before My Eyes, Jonathan Anonymous
COVID-19, I would say, has gone from putting my life on hold, to through a rollercoaster ride, and now to what we all know to be the new “norm.”
Primary Source Reflection 1: COVID-19 Pandemic Personal Experience, Kaitlyn Anonymous
Class assignment HI 102 Western Civilization: Since 1500.
My document incapsulates my personal experience of first learning about the pandemic, and contracting COVID.
Perspectives of a Graduating College Student, Kristin Anonymous
My personal thoughts/ reflections about this time and its impact as a graduating college student.
Will I Ever have a Normal College Experience?, Mia Anonymous
During a time of stress, sadness, and panic. Covid started my senior year of high school and still leading into college. Will life go back to normal?
Remembering COVID-19, Ellis Badger
I have recently started working as an Occupational Therapist for Wellpath Recovery Solutions at Bridgewater State Hospital, a maximum security, forensics hospital, including working in the Covid 19 Unit.
Outside of work, I am able to spend a lot of time with my family, exercising, and woodworking. I keep in close contact with my classmates and we are always there for support through these tough times.
The Gloominess Didn’t Control Me, Vincent Bassolino
What my Covid-19 experience was like for me and people living around me.
Class assignment, Western Civilization, Professor Marino.
My Life Experience During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Melissa Blanco
My content explains what my life was like during the last seven months of the Covid-19 pandemic and how it affected my life both positively and negatively. It also explains what it was like when I graduated from High School and how I want the future generations to remember the Class of 2020.
Class assignment, Western Civilization (Dr. Marino).
This Pandemic Drastically Affected My Life, David Creo
Class assignment for Western Civilization, Professor Marino.
The coronavirus entered the United States and started to rapidly spread, forcing my high school to indefinitely suspend and eventually cancel my whole senior year and all activities included, which would totally ruin my whole year, and the worst part was that this was completely unexpected.
My Thoughts on COVID-19, Patrick Ferraro
I feel deeply sorry for the loved ones that were lost from the SHU community directly from COVID-19. The tragedy of death can feel even worse in a time like this where it’s almost as if we can feel it through all of the fear we are presented with.
Stay Safe, Daniel Fitzroy
This image is of a homemade sign that appeared in front of this house soon after the stay at home order from the Connecticut Governor. There were some "Thank You" signs in Bethel, but many like this one exhorted the community to stay safe and stay strong. It was interesting to see the varying themes of these signs in different communities. This picture was taken on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 2:32 pm in front of a house on Chestnut Street in Bethel, CT .
My COVID-19 Experience and Social-distance Graduation, Hailey Gabettie
This global pandemic was quickly changing the way we live our lives. One of my most memorable moments through this pandemic was my high school graduation.
Thelma's Legacy, Cara E. Kilgallen
Last week, while the world erupted in powerful protests, my dear godmother took her final breath, and her story matters. Thelma's obituary, written by Sacred Heart University faculty member Cara Kilgallen.
My Mother's Obituary, Her Death from Coronavirus, Annemarie Murphy
My mother's obituary, her death from Coronavirus. Her mention in the New York times, U.S. Deaths Near 100,000, an Incalculable Loss (May 24, 2020).
A story in verse for young children (3-8) about coronavirus. Narrated by the author, Rhea Paul. Press the "Slide Show" button at the top of the screen, then in the menu that appears, hit "Play from Beginning" all the way to the left.
Professors Sarah Pryor and Melissa Chaplik of the Physician Assistant Program at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Pollinator Garden Photo, Deirdra Preis
While I am very sad for the loss of life and the financial burdens caused by Covid for so many, I am forever grateful for the time that the quarantine has afforded me to be more "present" with my two parents who are ill, and with my husband and daughters. To help balance the stressors of life at this challenging time, I decided to create a pollinator garden to support the wildlife in my yard. Each day, I spend time working in the garden and sitting on my benches, watching the bees and birds and marveling at the activity and beauty around me. It has provided a very life-affirming and spiritual connection at a dark and confusing time. In the attached photo of my early spring garden, you will notice a sculpture of a little girl watering her flowers; my husband and I placed it in the garden to symbolize family and the joy we feel for our three daughters.
Giving Back To Our Communities During COVID-19 Pandemic, Kylie Roberts
My first year in the SHU physical therapy program was unfortunately brought to a halt and transitioned online earlier this year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Sadly, this pandemic has affected my family and me in more ways than school moving to online courses. My grandmother Gloria passed away due to COVID-19 in mid-April.
Spectrum Senior Issue, 2020, Sacred Heart University
Accounting Students Show Appreciation to Professor Scarpati, Stephen Scarpati
Professor Scarpati received the attached video in May from his undergraduate students in Accounting.
Living Our Lives With Uncertainty, Jenna Seggio
This is a look into how my life was during the Covid-19 pandemic. I think it is crazy how I am living through history and I want future generations to know how my life was during this pandemic. I hope that when people read my contribution to remember Covid-19 that they get a feel for how everyone had to live through 2020. I am grateful for all of the health care workers and for everyone doing their part and wearing their masks and social distancing.
Separation Anxiety, Nisha Sidana
I wrote this poem about a month and a half after we were sent home from SHU. A couple of my friends were talking to me one day, telling me how much they missed their boyfriends/girlfriends, everything they love about them, and their longing to see them, knowing they wouldn't be able to. I took inspiration from this, as well as the feeling of being suddenly separated from the people you love, and wrote it into a poem I titled "Separation Anxiety." I wanted to artistically express the feeling a person gets when they realize how much they have taken the people they love for granted, and their reflection on what they love about them that makes them such important individuals in their life. COVID-19 took so much away from so many of us, and I wanted to write a poem in the perspective of a person that misses someone they love that many people could relate to during these times. We as humans tend to take several people and things in our lives for granted and don't realize it until it's suddenly ripped from us. We should all make an effort to tell the people we love how much we love them rather than keeping it to ourselves our entire lives.
Take a Deep Breath, Edward Stewart
Email sent by Fr. Ed Stewart on his departure from SHU: Early on in the pandemic, Father Tony asked Campus Ministry and Volunteer Programs staff to come up with a way of reaching out to the wider SHU community during our dispersal. With that, the daily Take A Deep Breath reflections were born.
Class assignment for HI-102C, Western Civilization Since 1500, Professor Kelly Marino.
My paper reflects on my time during the COVID-19 pandemic. I told my personal experiences and moments that I have been through. From March to September. I also related how the COVID-19 pandemic relates to The Bubonic Plague.
Time to Reflect on What Really Matters, Brandon Sweeney
While the world took a loss from this virus it gave me time to reflect on what really matters. I am grateful for all the blessings in my life. Every day I will not take for granted because you never know what can happen in the next.
Class assignment, Professor Marino, HI-102, Western Civilization.
My Baseball Season that was Canceled, Ryan Wicker
My experience posted describes my experience from my baseball season that was canceled because of COVID-19.