This past year, people limited their time away from home, diligently wore masks wherever they went, and drained the color from their hands with frequent hand sanitation. After a long and tumultuous year of precautions and regulations, COVID-19 vaccines are out and available. But in order to get the protection they’ve been waiting for, people must first navigate a dense network of vaccine providers, pharmacy and hospital web pages, and portals.
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.