How the Pandemic Changed Us
The Chronicle Review
A student takes a class on astronomy while living in a van, balancing her Zoom-based coursework with her job on a goat farm. A recently minted literature Ph.D., unable to find work, becomes a nurse instead—and reflects on his new career as the hospitals are bracing for COVID. A professor cries onscreen, mourning the suicide of a student.
Students and professors share their personal stories of hope, isolation, and loss from a period of time already receding—with luck, for good. Whatever normalcy emerges this fall will be a “new” normal, chipped and splintered by the experiences of the last year and a half.