Fourth-year, specialist in journalism
Enduring lockdown has been stressful. Being stuck in a room for so long has made the air around me feel thinner. I am stuck by myself, an international student trapped in a foreign country with no hope of going home during this pandemic, so I can only pass the time by indulging in schoolwork, reading textbooks, and ordering food delivery online.
Gradually, as my daily routine has started to feel more normal, being able to order food in person and enjoying the company of friends and family have become the little things I miss the most.
Fourth-year, double major in neuroscience and psychology
I never thought I would be living at home again, but I am grateful for every moment that I am. Our house is up in the mountains of Kelowna — a definite change from my downtown Toronto apartment, but a welcome one at that. I’ve been spending my days hiking and trail running with my parents’ dog, Scamp, in tow. While things may not feel normal right now, being outdoors has made physical distancing an inviting experience. Scamp’s company never hurts as well.
Fourth-year, specialist in architecture
Staying at home during the pandemic has made me all the more thankful for art. It has been both a reassurance and a source of freedom in a time when these two things feel scarce. With seemingly endless hours and all too many ideas, I have dipped my toes into new waters with collages and paper crafts, re-immersed myself in the medium of acrylic painting, and even found comfort in watercolouring my favourite childhood characters.
Fourth-year, major in human biology and minor in physiology and human geography
I never once thought I would have a summer job that required me to wear a face shield every day. Yet, here I am. During the pandemic, I’ve been working as an active screening clerk at Joseph Brant, my local hospital. My job includes screening staff, approved visitors, and patients into the hospital. As a screening clerk, I also make hospital deliveries and assist patients with getting to their appointments at various clinics within the hospital.
I have been so grateful to be employed during this strange time, to play a very small role in helping out my community right now and of course, to be able to socialize with people who don’t live at my house!
Second-year, life sciences
Lockdown closed many things, with tennis courts being one of them. This saddened me, as tennis was one of my favourite summer activities. But then this got me thinking about trying something different. I decided to start running, something that gave me flashbacks to the cross-country running competitions that I participated in as a kid. It was definitely a struggle at first, but it soon became my new favourite physically distant hobby.
On one of my runs, I brought my drone, and while passing by a pretty little park, I took this birds-eye photo of the tennis courts, which were chained closed.