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One Year Removed…

A Quaranteen in Quarantine: What I’ve learned from a year of COVID-19

Published March 12, 2021

By KEA YENGST

A wise man once said, “You never know how much you miss something until it’s really gone.” I think that 365 days of living in a world dominated by COVID-19 has taught me that well. 

It began as just a headline for mainstream news and media, then grew to a common conversation among people of all ages. A brief scare of an outbreak in China turned into a pandemic in March 2020 that resulted in schools, borders and every normal aspect of a pre-corona life being shut down indefinitely.

In all honesty, it took me a while to write this reflection, let alone think about what I was going to reflect on. 

So I thought I would answer some questions that I wrote to myself earlier on a Google Doc at the beginning of this pandemic, just to put into perspective how times have changed since then. I wrote these questions in March last year and made a pact that I would answer them in full honesty about one year later. 

The author reflects on the untraditional pandemic experience, but remains optimistic of a near-normal future. (photo by Kea Yengst)

Did we ever go back to school?

Unfortunately, me from the past, we are still in distance learning. Your day will be centered around a desktop computer at home, and words such as mute, asynchronous and Zoom will be a part of your daily vernacular. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it. 

Is COVID-19 gone by the summer? 

Nope, not at all. Just to put it into perspective, it gets worse before it gets better, and the virus has nothing to do with heat. 

Will a vaccine come soon? 

Well, me from the past, a vaccine has just started distribution across the U.S. a few months ago. Once you get to December 2020, vaccines will be at the center of every conversation.

I see my future children asking me what this pandemic has taught me, to which I will answer that it has taught me to cherish the things I would usually take for granted. If I had told my sophomore-year self that I would be learning completely from home during my junior year, as well as wearing a surgical mask every time I left the house (among many other things), I would have called myself crazy.

 May you live in interesting times, Generation Z. May you live in interesting times….

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  • Kea, I am super impressed you motivated to publish now, even while feeling very unmotivated! That alone shows a strength very few people in life have. I wish you a great year to come, and seeing how you were able to motivate to publish at such a low point, I cant imagine how much you’ll accomplish in your highs.

    Sincerely,

    Jill Lewis

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