Elliot Jackson-Ontkush, Skidmore College
Quarantining during COVID-19 has really emphasized for me the importance of family — especially as an only child.
Karen Lu, Yale University
The racial abuse that started due to a virus being characterized as the ‘Chinese virus’ is by no means the first time it has happened.
Have you ever wondered what the job market or workplace would be like in a post-COVID-19 world?
Haven Worley, University of Rochester
Since the pandemic hit, streaming has caused some serious damage to cinemas — but are they gone for good?
Danielle Kuzel, Florida State University
The pandemic has made resources even harder to access for first-gen students who are already at a disadvantage. Apple’s new Launch program can help alleviate some of that.
Kirtika Sharad, George Washington University
One could be ready for distribution before January 2021, but there’s still many Americans who would be unwilling to take it.
Alice Murphy, University of Maryland, College Park
The pandemic has made it unsafe to attend religious services, but people are finding other ways to stay rooted in their faith.
The pandemic has spawned the creation of a lot of small businesses as people try to make a little extra cash. Here are several ways you can help support them.
Farah Javed, CUNY Baruch College
COVID-19 fears may be fueling an exodus from the Big Apple, but the city is resilient and will bounce back — like it’s done numerous times before.
Hannah Docter-Loeb, Wesleyan University
The year 2020 has introduced countless new terms and phrases into our jargon.
Reem Farhat, Fordham University
Schools need to stop pointing fingers, especially when many of them haven’t taken the necessary precautions to keep campuses safe.
Abigail Adeleke, University of Miami
People once flocked to these two big cities, but faced with the pandemic, job losses and increasing costs of living, residents are now fleeing these American metropolises.
Renee Cantor, University of Pittsburgh
In order to adapt to the strict social distancing rules of the pandemic, college clubs will look a little bit different this school year.
Katherine Brand, University of Michigan
The new TikTok trend has students documenting their daily lives while quarantined, but what bigger problems with reopening plans are revealed?
Some universities have already closed due to an influx of coronavirus cases, but the University of Illinois may have found a solution.
Chloe Hamer, Pitzer College
Your season may have been canceled, but that doesn’t need to stop you from making strides in both your physical and mental game.
Emma Smith, Wesleyan University
I’ve come to understand the pandemic through a scientific lens, thanks to the medical insights of my parents.
Olivia Dimond, Bates College
The Freeform miniseries is one of the first scripted shows exploring the pandemic — filmed at the homes of actors already in quarantine together.
Juliana Fujii, Biola University
The touching but heartwrenching World War II novel explores a Jewish girl’s hope-filled journey to find community in a war-ravaged Germany.
Aubrey Doerr, Chapman University
Insomniac had to cancel their 2020 electronic music festival due to COVID-19, but fans are already hyped for next year’s show — tickets were gone within a day.
Eva Halvax, University of Arizona
As we adjust to a society in flux, so do our minds when we sleep.
The economy is going to look a lot different in the wake of the pandemic. Here are some careers that can be done from home.
Although taking extra precautions in your own home might feel tedious, it is important to remember to respect the people you share a space with.
Leagues are bringing their teams back together even though the virus is still on the rise. Now, an increasing number of athletes are testing positive.
As universities plan to return to campus in the fall, it is clear that they have failed to consider the safety and concerns of students who live off campus.
Katie Klear, Columbia College Chicago
They may be operating differently in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but they’re still providing many benefits to local communities.
The album was leaked just days before its planned release, but this PR disaster paved the way for other big-name artists to turn out early releases.
Julia Greene, Columbia College Chicago
Over-the-phone and online counseling have gained popularity due to COVID-19, but they have benefits that will outlast social distancing and isolation.
Cathleen Luo, Columbia University
The artist has highlighted the absurdity of existence in her works since the 1950s, but her message feels more relevant now than ever.
Kaitlyn Nuebel, University of Pittsburgh
Even before the pandemic, connecting with others was never easy. Here are stories stressing the complexity and worthiness of human interaction in all kinds of situations and relationships.
The policy elicited its fair share of outrage, and although the policy may have been withdrawn, calls to have the controversial law enforcement agency abolished are on the rise.
Emma Tavangari, UC Berkeley
New evidence suggests that the pandemic has accelerated overdoses and made even casual drug use into a bigger problem.
COVID-19 might affect the collection of U.S. population data, but the count suffers more because some communities are continually overlooked.
The self-proclaimed ‘one man boy band’ has kept busy by making music and advocating for mental health amidst the global pandemic.
Online classes aren’t as bad as you might think.
While many are still stuck indoors miles away from their closest friends, writing letters can keep communication genuine.
Gabrielle Pascal, Hofstra University
As restrictions across the U.S. and the world loosen, questions arise about the future of tourism. Governments must adapt to a new, disinfected norm.
These options promote a quiet, wholesome lifestyle and an escape from reality that has been difficult to find during the pandemic.
A long history of unresolved issues, often stemming from the legacy of colonialism and systematic racism, only exacerbates the impact of the coronavirus on Native Americans.
Sending letters through the mail provides a more physical connection than messages over digital platforms.
Cutting off all your hair can be a statement, a declaration of freedom or a much needed change.
McKenna Uzelac, Columbia University
While modern capitalism and the looming recession pressure hobbyists to monetize their creative work, it’s important to remember why we do it in the first place.
Ailun Shi, UC Berkeley
Schools were thrown headfirst into digital classrooms and the outcomes have been deemed less than successful. Now we are left to fill in the educational gaps.
In spite of pandemic deaths surpassing the 100,000 mark, there has not been significant public mourning. Still, there are ways we can mourn individually.
Digital classes bleed into the summer as companies like MasterClass and CourseHorse continue to educate people from the comfort of home.
Emily Jewett, University of San Diego
Brides and grooms nationwide are finding their big days seriously affected by the pandemic.
Alicia Furlan, University of Pittsburgh
The stress of COVID-19 has put us in competition with our neighbors, but our actions in the supermarket might reveal more about how we relate to each other.
Tamara Kamis, Cornell University
Need more than meditation, but can’t make therapy? Two Stanford students designed something that would allow people to get the help they need, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19.
Virtual concerts are proving popular as major players in the musical world work hard to find new ways to engage their fans despite the need for social distancing.
Covering your mouth doesn’t have to mean suppressing your freedom of speech. What you wear has the ability to speak louder than your words ever could.
People are watching illegally recorded videos of Broadway shows now more than ever. Will this lead to larger audiences after the pandemic? Or will it lead to the demise of theater?
Whether it’s to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or showing solidarity at a demonstration, donning the protective gear points toward an impulse to think of the greater good.
John Krasinski’s new web series on YouTube promotes a more optimistic outlook even in these trying times.
Mia Kellner, University of St Andrews
Although the 2011 thriller seems startlingly prescient in our current situation, the film fails to capture how people socially adapt during a global outbreak.
Jackie Sizing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
From Charli XCX’s album recorded in lockdown to your own creative projects, you’ll be surprised at what can come of being confined to your home.
Karunya Bhramasandra, Stanford University
Even while the world feels unstable, it’s important to remain interested in it through knowledge, questions and creativity.
Nina Dutta, Occidental College
Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation Department reminds viewers about the importance of laughter and supporting one another during quarantine.
Mirella Gonzales, Texas Tech University
You might want to go back full-force, but it’s better to play it cool and avoid strain and injury.
Kali Johnson, Gustavus Adolphus College
During this time of uncertainty and hardship, becoming more aware of ourselves and the world around us is a helpful way to take care of our emotional state.
Sarah Stager, University of Pittsburgh
A return to normalcy in the face of quarantine and COVID-19 won’t necessarily be quick, but careful planning and working together can expedite the process.
Lisa Lilianstrom, Northern Illinois University
The former Smosh YouTuber is offering a voice to those who are often oppressed and stereotyped, all in a judgment-free and educational way.
Asha MacKay, Wellesley College
From professional wrestling to laundromats, the things that stay open show what we didn’t realize we needed — and, occasionally, our possibly weird priorities.
Vaishnavi Kalyana, College of DuPage
It’s not just festival cancellations that hurt. As COVID-19 continues to spread, the future of the business is starting to get dark.
Two doctors came under intense criticism after suggesting using African nations as testing grounds for a COVID-19 vaccine, prompting the hashtag #AfricansAreNotLabRats
Nanda Illahi, Okayama University
The Chronus Art Center has created a digital art exhibition that feels remarkably prescient.
Ian Nordin, University of Texas at San Antonio
There are hundreds of new coronavirus cases every day across the United States, and while those numbers are soaring, so are firearm sales.
Rose Younglove, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
In a public health crisis where everyone needs to do their part, some are on the frontlines putting their lives on the line.
Kayla Placide, University at Buffalo
Once you start watching these movies, you’ll forget that you’re stuck inside indefinitely.
Lauren Buchko, Michigan State University
Events that are months away are being canceled because of COVID-19, but many artists are stepping up to give fans something in return.
These games will have you so consumed that you’ll forget about any quarantines.
Brian Anderson Gil, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
The innovative CEO has seemingly taken his values to new heights.
This game isn’t just fun puzzles and a psychotic teddy bear. Its relevant mental health metaphors make it the perfect game to get you through a lonely quarantine.
Staying home for the greater good — the social media platform has become the next Madison Square Garden.
A devastating pandemic just like COVID-19 has been predicted on multiple occasions, but the proper precautions were not put in place.
S. T. Perez, Texas A&M University, San Antonio
While COVID-19 is currently wreaking havoc, maybe films about epidemics could provide catharsis.
Kate Carter, Middle Tennessee State University
If you’re stuck inside with extra time on your hands, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the pressure to be productive.
Maybe you’ve been wanting to pick up a new hobby or finally start that book. Now is the perfect time.
Drawing parallels from the AIDS/HIV crisis, the U.S. government should be held accountable and push past stigmas and prejudices in order to stop the pandemic.
The world is dealing with a new virus, and with that fear, xenophobia has emerged on the internet and in day-to-day life.
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