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Like many throughout the world, teachers and students have found themselves in the midst of a dangerous pandemic. As we learned more about the COVID-19 virus and the statistics started trickling in, we collectively tensed in shock. Overnight, as teachers and students we've been tasked to move, teach, and learn online (or, as some have called it, to do so "remotely")—an environment with which teachers and students often have little or no experience. Teachers have turned to email lists, social media, and the web to develop their online pedagogies, and students have scrambled to find out what this new environment will require and what the technology changes associated with it will mean. We've developed this archive to collect our teaching, learning, and personal experiences, shared and individual, so that we can understand this important moment in history. We expand on our reasons for creating this archive on our background information page.

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Read David Ishizaka's story, "Love in the Time of Corona."

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This site is a place to tell your story, to share your experiences and insights with others, and to create an archive of materials that will provide a basis for reflecting on our collective teaching, learning, and personal experiences in the future. If you choose to contribute, you can share your name and institutional affiliation with others or keep that information private. You will be asked to complete an opening page that includes a consent agreement. On the second page of the story form, you can add your story to the archive. You can do so by using our web form or by uploading a file. If you choose to upload a file, please use our file template to guide your response.

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The following stories have been reviewed by the Archive editors and released for viewing.

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Untitled, by Matthew Rostomian
Untitled, by Ron Scott
138 days, by Ariana Guido
A Battle Far from Unique, by Caleb Rodriguez
A Big Change , by Anonymous
A college student during the coronavirus , by Anonymous
A Letter of the Unknown: Dear Anxiety and Depression, Sincerely Fear, by Anonymous
A Letter to my Family, by Anonymous
A Pandemic Story from a Home Stuck Student, by Fatima Luna
A Positive Outlook, by Luigi Ciccia
Anonymous 1, by Anonymous
Blogging the Pandemic with students, by Jane C. Nesmith
Change of Routine, by Xitlalli Gomez
Changes in study I have Experienced during the Pandemic , by Anonymous
College Experience with COVID-19, by Jaden Graves
Comfort Through Connections, by Anonymous
Coronavirus Diaries- 1, by Anonymous
Corona-virus Diary, by Anonymous
Coronavirus Experiences, by Anonymous
Coronavirus from the eyes of an 18 year old, by Racquel I. Fhima
Coronavirus Letter to my Dad, by Anonymous
Coronavirus Life, by Riley S. Day
Coronavirus Setback, by Cesar Ibarra
Coronavirus Story, by Juan Cardenas
covid, by Anonymous
Covid Chronicle , by Omar Joma
Covid entries , by Anonymous
Covid Entry, by Anonymous
COVID Experience, by Anonymous
COVID-19 , by Anonymous
COVID-19 , by Anonymous
COVID-19 & Volunteer, by Briana Frias
COVID-19 Chronicles , by Cristina Zirate
COVID-NineScreen, by Anonymous
Dancing in a Pandemic, by Grace Turner
Daughter's First Super Spreader Birthday, by Travis Moore
Dear Diary, What Has COVID-19 Done to Me?, by Anonymous
Dear Future Generation , by Ester Serrano
Dear Professor,, by Patricia Navarra
Diary Entry #1: The Unexpected, by Melissa G. Cervantes-Anguas
Discovery and Protection , by Katin Catalina. Cedarholm
Don’t Know What to Do, by Aaron Cruz
Dr. K's Stay-at-Home Story, by Karin Evans
Dysmorphia, by Anonymous
Easter 2020 - A slap in our Arrogant Face, by Stamatis N. Astras
Engagement at distance, by Charles Bazerman
Everyday Was A Mental Health Day, by Anonymous
Everything Was Happening Too Fast, by Emma Lee. Guthrie
Examining the Social Impact of COVID 19–Coronavirus, by Matthew Hernandez
experience of covid19, by Anonymous
Expressing Myself During This Pandemic, by Martin Acosta
Finding Blue Skies, by Riley Moon
Food Transports, by Nick Carbone
Four Weeks, and a Bag of Hot Cheetos, by Anonymous
Freedom Within a Quarantined Life, by Daniela Alvarez-Orozco
Fuck Academic Rigor, by Mara Lee Grayson
Going Through a Pandemic as an Essential Worker, by Jesse Ponce
Grammy's Electronic Kitchen Table, by Diana C. Flynn
Grounded Before Launch: Young Engineers Amid a Global Pandemic, by Aaron Landon
Groundhog Day Revisited, by Anonymous
Gut Feelings, by John T. Scenters-Zapico
Hey Look Ma I made it...Through a Global Pandemic, by Gaurav S. Chintamneedi
How the Pandemic Changed Me As a Person , by Anonymous
How the Pandemic Has Opened My Eyes, by Anonymous
Inside of Pandemic, by Claudia Lara
Is the COVID response appropriate?, by Anonymous
Just A Number, by Lana LL. Fitton
Lessons and Experiences from a Pandemic, by Anonymous
Letter to My Bestfriend, by Thao T. Phan
Life Between Four Walls, by Jesus Perez
Life During Pandemic, by Daphne Cebreros
Life During the Coronavirus Pandemic, by Brian Flores
Life During the Pandemic, by Anonymous
Life in a Pandemic, by Yesenia Quezada
Life of a Journal, by Valerie Garcia
Living the Coronavirus Experiences in Taiwan, by YOWEI KANG
Living Through the Pandemic, by Camila C. Vega Molina
Living through this Pandemic , by Ashley McCormick
Love in the Time of Corona: A Humument Interpretation , by David Ishizaka
Loving my students with yoga in times of Corona, by Birgit S. Penzenstadler
Making Lemonade out of Lemons, by Anonymous
Marquette Quarantine Oral History, by Tom Besold
More Than Just a Virus, by Alyssa Barajas
Mother Nature, by Jefri Lindo
Mourning, Melancholia, and the Coronavirus: Teaching Freud During the Shutdown, by Robert Blankenship
My 2020 Playlist , by Anonymous
My Corona Story, by Anonymous
My Corona Story, by natalie valentine
My Coronavirus Experience, by Anonymous
My Coronavirus Pandemic Experience, by Aylin Garcia
My Coronavirus Story, by Jason Diaz-Garcia
My Coronavirus Story, by Ece Naz Ertunc
My Covid Experince, by Nick Racowschi
My COVID-19 Experience, by Anonymous
My COVID-19 Memories , by Jose Dumm
My Current Thought, by Jossely Narvaez
My experience with COVID-19, by Michelle Hoang
My Experiences During Covid, by Esmeralda Vargas
My Fortunate, Unfortunate Covid Story:, by Anonymous
My Journey Through the Pandemic, by Anonymous
My Life During Quarantine 2020–A Collection of Journals, by Anonymous
My Life During the Coronavirus, by Charlie Shumway
My Life Thoughts During a Pandemic , by Alfredo Lopez
My Life Through this Pandemic, by Erica Mae Louise N. Binauhan
My New Life, by Erick Salazar
My Subtle Thoughts, by Diana Farhat
My Thoughts During Quarantine, by Julia Blanchard
My Writing Journal , by Krystal Segura
New Normal, by Anonymous
New Normal, by Mario Avila
New Perspective , by LESLEY HUIZAR
Our lives in 2020, by Anonymous
Pandemic Concerns, by William (Bill) A. Younglove
Personal, Psychological, Pandemic Plight, by Anonymous
Pictures of Our First Year, by Bethany Pelonis
Proof that Friday the 13th is cursed, by Lola M. Osborne
Quarantine Life , by Jesus Jack Nichol II
Reflections from Long Island, New York, by Ethna D. Lay
Reflections on My Last Semester of College Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic, by Spencer Holmes III
Reflective Reality, by Anonymous
Same People, yet a Different Society: The World Changed in One Moment, by Jonathan Aguirre
Self-Improvement and Reflection While In Isolation, by Anonymous
selfish, by elizabeth nieto
Sitting Within the Noise , by Yvet J. Perez
Social Distance: So Close, Yet So Far , by Yobani Marin
Social Media, by Sara Matul
Society Transforming to Virtual Reality: The Coronavirus Pandemic, by Moises Salas
Springtime on Spring Street & What's Going On? (two poems), by Ashley Baguio
Struggles During a Pandemic, by Anonymous
Stuck Inside, by Jonathan Argueta-Cruz
Studying abroad in South Korea with COVID 19, by Erica LIM
Teaching During the Pandemic, by Anonymous
Teaching in the Time of "The 'Rona'", by Anonymous
Teaching in the Times of Coronavirus , by Jim Hays
The Beauty of Our Mind , by Noel Garcia
The City of Lynwood: In Remembrance During Quarantine, by Armando Cepeda
The Cold Equation, by Emily Perez
The Coronavirus Pandemic, by Kimberly Gonzalez
The COVID Chronicles , by Jacob Hertz
The COVID-19 Life Struggles, by Daisy Castaneda
The day the world changed, by Anonymous
The Disappointed Senior , by Anonymous
The exposure of 2020, by Anonymous
The Horrors in the Reality of Quarantine, by Anonymous
The Impact of Covid-19 to the American Economy, by Omar Ramirez
The Inevitable , by Anonymous
The Invisible Threat, by Anonymous
The Last Normal Day- March 13, 2020, by Hannah Puma
The Never-Ending Cycle, by Sina C. Madsen
The New Normal, by Riley Sellers
The Overnight Transformation That Changed My Life, by tabitha babich
The Plan Untold, by Nyla Manuel
The Reason Why I Am 1SadGrad , by Anonymous
The Recognition of Life Value After COVID-19, by LINH NGUYEN
The Result of COVID-19, by Michael Bautista
The Spark Within the Dark, by Treyden Buder-Nakasone
The Strike of the New Norm , by Briana Sontay-Perez
The Unexpected Pandemic, by Lizeth Chavez
The Unexpected Virus, by Anonymous
The Virus That Paralyzed Time–A Poem, by Samantha Ayala
Through Writing, by Jeffrey Chan
To Everyone: Please Self-Isolate, Now is the Most Dangerous Time, by Luke L . Williams
Trust the Journey, by Anonymous
Unexpected TImes , by Anonymous
University Coronavirus Notes, by Sam Coleman
Untitled , by Anonymous
Untitled, by Eli Matuszak
Untitled, by Chaeyoon Oh
Using YouTube to Support Faculty in Moving Courses Online, by Jessica R. Jorgenson Borchert
Virtually aware, by Geoff Clegg
Voicing a Crisis: Rhetoric and Reflection, by Anonymous
We Could Just Be Kind, by Megan McIntyre
We’re All in This Together , by Anonymous
WHAT A BOTHER, by Lisa Owusu Safo
What Can Writing Do For You?, by Kate Delgado
What Has My Life Become During this Pandemic?, by Axel Orozco
What I know..., by Bernadette Stockwell
What It Was Like, by Anonymous
When Pandemics Cause Flashbacks, by Anonymous
Who Knows What Day It Is, by Sabrina Gonzalez
with covid-19, by Anonymous
With Those Who Think of You, by L. Mascorro
Working during Covid, by Anonymous
Writing during the Epidemic , by Aisha Secundino
Writing our Memories, by Diana Citalan
Writing to Santa, by Anonymous
You are Quarantined Here, by Brian Jauregui