In my column last week I mentioned the amazing efforts of Texans organizing mutual aid networks to keep themselves alive while the government — local, state and federal — sat around and abandoned people.
Pre-quarantine, most people’s daily routines would make you do a double-take. The spread of COVID-19 has made myself and many others aware of how unsanitary we used to be. All I can hope for is that the safety changes put in place across the country will eventually become the new norm.
Sitting on a dock, I see the still water move with each breath of wind, the scattered ducks enjoying the sun and the vast forest that resembles a head of broccoli. I’m writing this article while enjoying a picturesque view, breathing fresh, cool air.
On the United States Postal Service (USPS) Twitter page, you will find a very quaint image: an old, rusty mailbox with wide pink flowers growing on its side. A blur of greenery in the background. Birds chirping in the distance. A reliable, always-been system.
I packed up my essentials and left my apartment in Valparaiso, IN Feb. 28 and drove 40 minutes to my parent’s house to spend what I thought would be two weeks with them. I wrote one of my last articles March 12 as Editor-in-Chief of The Torch — Valparaiso University’s student newspaper — on how Valpo students wouldn’t be returning for in-person classes until April 13.
Let’s face it — this isn’t where you expected you would be. Finishing high school online and starting college the same way isn’t how most people imagined it. Typical first-year advice, such as which dining halls are the best — de Nobili Dining Hall by the way — or the best place to study, Cudahy Library basement in the little cubicles, doesn’t really mean anything for an entirely online experience.
As social distancing has become the best way to slow the rapid expansion of COVID-19 — the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus — many people have had to self-quarantine. I became one of …