Submissions from 2024
Covid-19 Impact, Anonymous
In March 2020, I was a freshman in high school living one of the most exciting years of my life. Making new friends and quickly adapting to an exciting environment was amazing until it ended. At first I was confused but mostly ecstatic to have two workless weeks at home. Covid-19 was a blessing at first until I realized the fatal threat this pandemic proposed.
Covid Memory, Anonymous
This document describes my experiences and reactions to the initial and outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Covid Reflection, Anonymous
The first couple of weeks of quarantine from the Covid-19 virus were not that bad. It was nice to spend more time with my parents and be able to just stay at home and do nothing. School was online for the first time and zoom was new to everyone. Teachers were very relaxed with the schoolwork and the zoom meetings. This lead to a lot of free time. I would mostly just play video games or spend time with my family since I couldn’t leave the house, and everyone was on edge about this virus. We would take precautions such as leaving the mail in the garage for a couple of days before opening it, washing the groceries and bags after we got them, and of course wearing masks everywhere we went.
My Covid-19 Experience, Anonymous
In this writing I talked about my personal feelings during covid-19 and experiences I went through being a highschool student during a global pandemic.
My Covid Experience, Anonymous
In 2020, our world was shaken by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Everyday life ceased to be what it once was. When Covid-19 began spreading throughout my area I was halfway through my freshman year of high school. I was in school every day from 7:30-2:45 and followed school with going dance. I was still getting comfortable with the change in my life that was being a high school student. Each day was an adjustment, but I was finally beginning to feel the ease of my routine when I received the email from my school that we would have two weeks off due to the Corona Virus.
My Life Was Altered, Anonymous
My life was altered in March of 2020. This pandemic created an unimaginable world. The cause of the COVID-19 pandemic still remains a mystery. My experience began on March 12, 2020, when my school gave us two weeks off to allow time for this illness to pass.
My Teenage Covid Experience, Anonymous
It was March 2020 and COVID 19 headlines took over the news. This new disease had the world so frightened. It was quickly becoming a pandemic, which is something I had never seen in my lifetime. In fact, it was sometime that neither had my parents nor grandparents experienced. The funeral home in my town had a huge amount of body bags in anticipation of a massive death toll.
Nobody Knew, Anonymous
Nobody ever knew what was coming in March of 2020, as a sophomore in highschool I never knew that life was going to change drastically. A few weeks prior to the announcement of school closing I remember some people talking about this new sickness that was running rampant through China. By the beginning of March everyone was talking about Covid. There were some cases throughout the United States. Finally on Friday March 13th my school took to facebook to announce they would be closing the school for two weeks.
My content reflects my high school experience with the pandemic and trying to juggle continuing football training with keeping in touch with friends while abiding current spatial rules.
Quarantine Ups and Downs, Anonymous
The traumatic outbreak of Covid-19 had started March 13, 2020 as I was sitting in health class as a freshman in highschool. There were rumors spreading that school was getting shut down because of this Covid-19. No one knew what this disease really was. However, everyone around me was jumping with joy because we had the rest of our school week off. When I arrived home that day, the news channel was already on and it was all about this outbreak. After that first week of staying home from school, the number of people with this disease kept increasing.
Remembering Covid-19, Anonymous
The COVID-19 pandemic changed many aspects of my life, and personally it felt like it was for the better. During this extended period of time when I was at home doing school online, and not able to attend my extracurricular activities, I found out who I really was as a person. The whole quarantine time was like one long therapy session where you could sit and reflect about your past and future, and what you wanted to make of it. One main thing that everyone seemed to go through was finding new hobbies.
We Lost Ourselves, Anonymous
My content reflects how I struggled during the covid pandemic in 2020 on Long Island.
A Positive Light on COVID-19, Ella Anonymous
Believe it or not, COVID was a breath of fresh air for me. Before the outbreak, I attended a large, public high school and was struggling to find my path. Though I had made efforts to widen my social networks by playing sports and joining clubs, I was not finding my people. Right before quarantine began, I had been struggling through a nasty breakup. Every day I feared coming to school, worrying about rumors going around or who I would see in the hallways. In a time when I was struggling to find my place in a toxic environment, being quarantined at home gave me the chance to take time for myself and heal as an individual.
My Old Self Vanished, Olivia Anonymous
Being an adolescent during the COVID 19 pandemic was something that I would never wish upon my greatest enemy. Growing up during a time of isolation was incredibly lonely and confusing. Instead of making connections and living a normal life, we were forced to hide behind masks and remain away from each other. In a time where I was supposed to be developing and gathering life experience, life was taken away from me.
Submissions from 2023
Mental Toll, Madison Abood
This is a short reflection on my experience with Covid-19, virtual school, and anxiety throughout the pandemic. This is a reflection of the years 2020 and early 2021.
A New Way of Living, Anonymous
Life was very different for me as a high school student during the Covid-19 epidemic. It was a frightening moment when a virus that no one understood suddenly engulfed the whole planet. One of the significant adjustments was going to school.
Byproduct of Covid, Anonymous
Covid- 19, Anonymous
Many aspects of our daily lives were thrown into disarray because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even until January 2023, no one knew what true, long-term consequences it would have. It would introduce new customs that many of us had never experienced before, like wearing masks, keeping six feet apart, and not shaking each other's hands to introduce ourselves. We have not seen such an outbreak since the 1980s with HIV and AIDS in the U.S., where there was so much paranoia within our society that we were constantly sanitizing our hands and quarantining when someone was infected with COVID-19.
Covid 19 and Other Pandemics, Anonymous
The Coronavirus was a global pandemic that spread from China to the United States in March 2020. In March, it was announced to us that the United States had to go into lockdown for two weeks. Little did we know that this two-week lockdown was going to turn into almost a year. This news was found to be very surprising by everyone because it has been so many years since we had a pandemic that affected everyone.
Covid 19 and the Plague, Anonymous
As time went on being so isolated started to take a toll mentally. Going into the summer the restrictions started to lighten up and I was able to see my friends outside for the first time in months. Many people were still very scared of getting covid, my parents included.
Covid- 19 Reflection, Anonymous
I wrote about what was going through my head and what I want people to know about how it affected me.
COVID-19 Reflection, Anonymous
The COVID-19 Pandemic was one of the most difficult times in recent history for not only the infected, but also the general public. When COVID-19 first became an issue in the United States with schools closing down for two weeks in March of 2020, I was a junior attending a private, all-boys high school. When the school officially closed, we began virtual classes which was a difficult adjustment due to classes being taught on Zoom and the schedules of classes being strangely different. This form of learning was difficult for me personally.
Covid Birthday, Anonymous
Covid 19 was a shock to us all. No one knew what to expect. It was a new way of living for everyone.
Covid, Cancer and Chaos, Anonymous
Right before COVID, my mother was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer, and needed to undergo chemotherapy while quarantining at home. During quarantine, people’s stories were that they stayed inside all day and did nothing, but for me, it was the complete opposite. My mom was very sick and weak, which meant that me and my sisters needed to step up.
Covid Pandemic Reflection, Anonymous
At first feelings of shock, confusion and disappointment started flooding my mind, but over'me as more and more media coverage on the virus surfaced this original two week shut down became a much more serious and scary reality. At first so called “zoom school” didn’t seem so bad, but then the crushing realiza'on of not being able to go out, see friends or even show our faces without a mask quickly came over me.
Covid Reflection, Anonymous
The Covid-19 pandemic was an unforgettable time in the lives of anybody who had the ability to form memories. It was an absolutely unprecedented event that scared the entire world into locking themselves inside for months at a time to avoid risk of a very dangerous condition that could affect anybody enough to hospitalize them. When many of us who lived through this era think about the pandemic, we can reflect on it as a time when the world stopped moving.
Covid Stress, Anonymous
My COVID-19 experience was definitely something that I will never forget. At the time with me working in the healthcare field, being a CNA. It brought much stress and especially chaos. After coming home from long shifts helping with elderly patients who were sickened by covid, it definitely was hard to see and it took a toll on me.
Family Experience, Anonymous
It started with whispers in the hallway. Hearing rumors from peers that we would have two weeks off from school and then return to share stories from those glorious 14 days. In hindsight, it was naïve to think that Covid-19 would have such little impact on my life, but it eventually struck my family as it did thousands of others.
Hidden Benefit, Anonymous
During the COVID-19 pandemic, everything that was normal for me was no longer normal.
How Covid Affected my Gymnastics, Anonymous
I had a moment where I lost a love for the sport I had been in for eleven years as I lost a lot of the skills that came easy prior to COVID and some have still been difficult to get back even today.
How Covid Changed School, Anonymous
I would have told you that this is a science-fiction story but it actually happened to me while I was in high school. My experience in high school was just like everyone else’s that I knew. There were good days and bad days. It was a lot like my older sister’s experience in high school until it wasn't due to COVID-19.
For the future generations, I want them to know that COVID-19 wasn’t just “two weeks off from school”, I want them to know and realize that life was troublesome for many people and families still haven’t recovered years later.
Impact of Quarantine, Anonymous
Quarantine was quite the defining moment in my life and when I reflect back on almost 3 years ago now I can recognize that their were negative and positive moments as well.
Learning During Covid, Anonymous
This shows how covid effected my education as well as my mental health.
My Brutal Covid Experience, Anonymous
Within weeks, Covid 19 was present in the United States. It affected everyone in the world. Nobody knew what to do at the start of this, and nobody completely knew what was going on.
My Covid Blessing, Anonymous
If you asked the 7.8 billion people who were alive during covid about their experience during isolation, you would hear 7.8 billion different stories because every single person experienced something new . Everyone was subject to their own homes and had to deal with whatever their family situation was like. For me personally, my family was pretty fortunate to have no deaths due to covid, however, the rollercoaster of emotions that the time period had put us all on is indescribable.
My Covid Experience, Anonymous
Each person today has had such different covid experiences, in this paragraph I will be going into depth my own covid experience. My sophomore year of high school, I was homeschooled, taking classes at home for months due to several different circumstances.
My Covid Lesson, Anonymous
What was supposed to be a two-week break turned into months of quarantining and not seeing any of my close friends. Covid-19 was hard on many people. During this time, I found who I am on my own.
My Covid Reflection, Anonymous
March 2020 is a year that I will never forget. Covid-19 was becoming more known, but it did not affect my dance team trip. My team and I were in Orlando, Florida for NDA Dance Nationals. I felt so drained and feverish, a sickness I have never had before.
My Covid Travel Experience, Anonymous
When I first heard that we were all getting two weeks off from school because of some weird virus, I was really excited. I didn’t know the severity of it until two weeks turned into three weeks, and three turned into six, and then we were out for the rest of the school year. I didn’t get Covid until the very end of it. I was in Europe on Vacation with my family and I was on a cruise.
My Life During Covid, Anonymous
I remember being in chemistry and all of my friends were so excited to have this vacation, not knowing the severity of our indefinite situation. I went home with a group of my friends and I vividly remember my best friend's father telling us that this will be the craziest thing to happen in our lifetime. Obviously we did not care and proceeded to have fun and do everything we wanted. Looking back on that day it was very childish of us all to think that everything would be fine.
Remembering Covid, Anonymous
My content expresses how I felt during the time of the Covid lockdown. I reflect back on my emotions during March 2020, and what life was like during that time. I also reflected on the fact that life was different in different parts of America. New York vs. Florida during peak Covid time was like living in two completely different worlds, which is explained in more detail in the document.
Remembering Covid, Anonymous
This is a short reflection on my experience as a firefighter during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senior Night, Anonymous
This content refelcts on my experience because as the world seemed to be going back to normal, COVID-19 ruined my special night of senior year in 2021 that I looked forward to since being a freshman.
For the past few years, learning how to deal with a pandemic referred to as Covid-19, was an everyday struggle for humankind. The fear of leaving your house to get groceries, or even going to work had people struggling to live the life of what was worry-free. At the very beginning of the pandemic, I was working at my very first job, which was at an assisted living facility. I was a server at the dining hall in the facility and made great connections with some really nice people. In the midst of the first wave of Covid, the facility had to restrict visitors from coming and began taking everyone's temperatures who came into the building. With weeks passing by, and doctors learning more and more about this disease, it was deemed to be the worst for the elderly, which caused the residents to be forced to stay in their rooms all day.
Remembering COVID-19, David Anonymous
My content is primarily about my personal experience and feelings I've had during the COVID-19 pandemic.
My Account of Covid- 19, Ryan Anonymous
It was March 13, 2020, when the first encounter happened. The Coronavirus was still new to many of us, so we really did not know the true severity that this virus had in store. One morning, during second period, the entire school was called down to the auditorium for an impromptu assembly. With the recent closings of neighboring schools, we were certain that we were the next to close; everyone was ecstatic.
COVID-19's Impact On My Final Two Years of High School, Robert Bevilacqua
This document primarily concerns COVID-19's impact on my final two years of high school (NY) and its repercussions on my academic career.
Submissions from 2022
A Time of Growth and Learning, Anonymous
I spent most of my time reflecting, and I learned to appreciate what I already had and set new goals for myself.
Challenging and Eye-opening, Anonymous
Standing next to us at the store was a man wearing a mask and gloves. Little did I know that that would be my attire for the next year.
The biggest adjustment for other High school students as well as myself was switching from in-person to remote learning.
It Was Friday March 13th, Anonymous
The Coronavirus is very similar to both “The Plague” and “The Black Death” in numerous ways. The spread of infection, self-quarantine, travel bans, and lack of a cure, are all qualities that these diseases share.
For me personally, I did not enjoy quarantining at all. I did enjoy seeing my family every day, however, I was very lonely. I couldn’t see any of my friends, which was very disappointing. Thankfully with social media I could facetime them and text them, but face-to-face contact with other people is very necessary; it is something you wouldn’t normally think is important, but when you are unable to physically be with other people, you realize how lonely you feel.
March to September 2020, Anonymous
Although the pandemic was very negative for almost everyone, my piece focuses on a way to make it not so negative anymore. I explained my personal experience but showed what made the whole situation better for me. This piece was written to talk about the early months of the pandemic which include March to September of 2020.
Class assignment for Western Civilization, Professor Marino.
Quarantine Was Very Productive But Lonely, Anonymous
Class assignment for HI-102-P. No two people’s experiences with Covid-19 are the same, and in February of 2022, it is still a very relevant issue.
The COVID-19 Pandemic: The New Way of Living, Anonymous
The coronavirus came to America in the beginning of the year, 2021. My contribution is based on the virus's peak and how it affected my family. My essay ranges from what life was like as a high school student in New York witnessing the pandemic to my family being exposed. It touches on the important features of being in lockdown and the adjustment society had to make that still exists today. A common theme throughout my assessment is the development of fear from the coronavirus. It discusses how fear has driven many of the restrictions that my community has had to undergo. Lastly, it highlights they key results from the pandemic that are still being enforced a year later.
The Covid Pandemic Primary Source Paper, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization, Professor Marino.
The Covid pandemic was the first world crisis my generation has lived through and been a part of. Almost every aspect of daily life had changed during the height of the pandemic, and some of these changes will most likely remain forever.
The Day the World Shut Down, Anonymous
If I could tell only one thing to future generations about the hardships of the pandemic, I would tell them that no one thing in life is permanent. Things you could never imagine being temporary can be taken from you in an instant. The pandemic has taught me how to adapt during difficult times.
Covid Experience, Jorge Gracia
My personal experience about the pandemic has been for me a lesson of life from which I was able to learn many things.
Keeping Our Bodies and Minds Healthy is Crucial, Grace Miller
In my history class, I was asked to submit a part of my paper to the archive. The question asked "What would you want future generations to know about what life during the COVID pandemic was like?" I responded my offering my observations during the quarantine followed by what I think could be learned from the patterns I experienced during that time.
As If Time Stopped, Douglas Suter
Class assignment for Professor Marino, Western Civilization. 5 year embargo applies.
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).
A Different Outlook, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. No matter how hard the quarantine phase of the COVID-19 pandemic got we were always grateful for what we had.
An Unexpected Curveball, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. Covid-19 impacted our lives in a very direct and prolonged way. The isolation and feelings of detachment due to stay at home orders, social distancing, and mask wearing affected a large part of the population.
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.
Class assignment for Western Civilization , HI-102. For me, the only word to describe the pandemic was horrifying. Anyone who had any recollection of the pandemic will say March 13th will forever live in their memory as the day the world changed.
Covid-19, the Coronavirus: It Has Many Names, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. A lot of people died, businesses shut down, people had to learn or work at home and students had school online using apps like zoom to participate in class in real time because of the whole nation quarantining itself. Quarantining was probably the worst and yet not the worst part of Covid because no one was able to go anywhere, everyone had to stay home so no hanging out with friends or really any kind of socialization.
COVID-19 Took Something Away From Everyone, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. When people talk about COVID 19, the first thing that comes to mind is isolation. Growing up in a culture that is so group-oriented and close, the pandemic was a huge adjustment.
COVID-19, Where Do I Even Begin, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. Life was an emotional and mental roller coaster for everyone and I am sure the world was affected by this one way or another. As I sit here and write this out, I can’t help but remember how much I hated COVID-19.
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.
My Covid Story Starts December 20th, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. The Covid -19 pandemic was much more than a disease but a complete change of lifestyle for every American including myself. My story with the pandemic that earned 2020s word of the year to be “unprecedented" starts December 20th.
My Personal Covid-19 Experience, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. My content is a personal experience, about what went on around me. I just took the time to explain my days leading up to the pandemic, and my days during. What a world of difference a month could make!
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.
Primary Source Reflection #1, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization Since 1500 HI-102. Being a teenager going through my most crucial years in a pandemic was not easy; junior and senior year were anything but normal.
Primary Source Reflection #1, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. During the time of the pandemic it was a hard time for me because of the new challenges we would have to go through as a country together. the new way of life by having to wear masks, being socially distant from others, and having online learning were just the tip of the iceberg of the pandemic. March 13th 2020 was the last day of in person learning for my junior year and high school and ever since then life took a complete different turn with dealing with the pandemic.
Probing The Pandemic Problem, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. I struggled to sustain the same love for learning.
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.
Quarantine Wasn't As It Seemed, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. My paper describes my experience over quarantine. It mentions my adjustment to the crisis.
Self-growth and Self-reflection, Anonymous
Professor Marino assignment, reflection of my own personal experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I would want future generations to know about what life during the COVID pandemic was like.
Spoiler Alert: It Got Really Bad, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. This is about my personal experience with COVID-19 and all of the different adjustments not only I had to make in my day-to-day, but that everyone had to make. It affected my high school experience and is now affecting (not as much so) my college experience.
The Covid-19 Pandemic Changed the World, Anonymous
What I most want people in the future to understand about the COVID-19 pandemic is how quickly it changed from what everyone thought was a small sickness, into a worldwide pandemic that led to a complete shutdown.
The Day the World Shutdown, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. Over that weekend, the concepts of quarantine and social distancing came to life. The pandemic turned into one of the most stressful times over a short period.
The Eye of a Pandemic, Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. A few days turned into a few weeks, and a few weeks turned into a couple of months. The way we learned had changed. For the first time in decades, we were not allowed to learn in person, but instead online.
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.
The virus made it to Australia, and eventually, we followed suit and went into a nationwide lockdown.
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.
Like It Was Just Yesterday, Aidan Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. I talk about my experiences during the pandemic. For instance, how I got surgery the day before the pandemic started on March 12, 2020. I talk about how we as a society battled the pandemic, and how former Governor Andrew Cuomo also had his battle [with] the pandemic.
The World Flipped Upside Down, Alexander Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. My paper relates my experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how quickly it can flip the world upside down. The story takes place in Fairfield County, CT in 2020.
Primary Source Reflection #1, Brennan Anonymous
Class assignment for Western Civilization. At this point in time, our generation is still currently living through COVID-19.
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.