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Submissions from 2020

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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.

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Perspectives of a Graduating College Student, Kristin Anonymous

My personal thoughts/ reflections about this time and its impact as a graduating college student.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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Don't Bug Me: Everything Young Kids Need to Know about Coronavirus--In Verse!, Rhea Paul

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.

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Professors Sarah Pryor and Melissa Chaplik at Yale New Haven Hospital, Michele Peloso

Professors Sarah Pryor and Melissa Chaplik of the Physician Assistant Program at Yale New Haven Hospital.

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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.

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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.

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Spectrum Senior Issue, 2020, Sacred Heart University

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Accounting Students Show Appreciation to Professor Scarpati, Stephen Scarpati

Professor Scarpati received the attached video in May from his undergraduate students in Accounting.

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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.