Share your COVID-19 story! Members of the Messiah community are invited to submit an anecdote, poem, reflection, photo, video, or blog post to Covid Chronicles @ Messiah. These will be preserved and presented in Mosaic. Click to submit
Department of Music, Messiah UniversityVideo
A reflective compilation of videos from senior music students (recorded from their homes during quarantine)
- What is your favorite memory from Messiah? (00:20)
- What is your favorite musical memory from Messiah? (01:28)
- What is your funniest Messiah Memory? (02:57)
- What will you miss most about Messiah? (04:05)
- What will you miss the least? (04:44)
- Any professors you'd like to thank? (05:32)
- Any advice for an incoming student? (07:48)
Covid-19 I hate you!
I hate you for the havoc you have created, and I hate you more for the terror you have spread.
Recently my daughter had a fever and vomiting. The moment she fell sick we all were in a panic, first of all for her recovery, and secondly for my old parents who live with us.
I am very thankful to our health care workers, who we all know are working day in and day out to save lives. But, my personal experience made me respect them even further. The nurse and nurse practitioner I dealt with, on the virtual app, were caring, empathetic, and diligent. They wanted to get her tested since we have older adults in the house. We got her tested for Corona and thank God she tested negative. However, in our town, it takes five days to get back the results. The five days we had to wait for her results were torturous. We had to make sure that she was kept isolated, but we also had to take care of her. There was direct contact, and as much as we wanted her to get better, we also had the fear of who would get sick next. The major scare was what if her condition gets worsened? What if her breathing gets affected? What if it gets to the point that she would have to be on a ventilator. There was no stopping of the what-ifs!
I write you today from the heart. I've been reading a lot of articles about how hard this semester's transition has been for both faculty and students. I've seen it first hand in Zoom meetings from your homes and in Zoom student presentations from basements and kitchen tables, often with life happening in the background. Without the public face of our offices we are more vulnerable, less able to hide the reality of our lives. I can't imagine how you are finding time to care for your own families in addition to your students. This physical separation has been so hard for all of you. And heaven only knows how you are finding time to care for yourself.
Connor A. KimeText
To be completely honest having school online has not been the most difficult part of this pandemic. Academically I am actually performing better than I did before, but socially I am struggling. I miss the community that Messiah College is so full of. I miss walking down to Melly Apartments and seeing my guys Garrett Showalter, Caleb Jones, Matt Glogowski and Will Young. I miss the boys!!!!
Equilibrium...The word emerged almost 30 years later on the Friday before spring break when I sat in my office in Hoffman at 4pm with a client who was processing the receipt of the email suggesting due to Covid-19 we may not return back to school after spring break as planned. We sat in the vertigo of unknowing, security being upended, with only the equilibrium of each other’s presence in the here and now....
Suck it up, get it together
A B is not good enough
Why are you a mess?
Do better, be more organized
You used to be good at school
And only I say these things to myself
No, it hasn't touched me
Not like other people
I don't have hours of time sitting around
I haven't lost my schedule or my work
Originally posted on the Facebook page for Messiah University English Department. We checked in with Professor Roth to see how his first week of hybrid zoom/ in-person classes went, and listen to his response!
- How did your first week of classes go?
- What has been your favorite class thus far?
Originally posted on the Facebook page for Messiah University English Department.
"We got to chat a bit with Professor Smith about the English classes he’s teaching this semester!"
One benefit that most of us experience as a result of our travels is increased empathy. That feels no truer than during this COVID-19 pandemic. Knowing the people and places that are affected brings this tragedy home in a way that no newscast can. I feel that two of the hardest hit areas of this pandemic, outside of the US, has affected me more deeply because of my past and personal connections with both hard-hit areas.
Navigating through all the uncertainties and apprehension caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been an epic journey for me. The constant changes, the upheavals, and lack of clarity all seem to exacerbate the angst. In the midst of all this though, I discovered something about myself. A lot of my discovery has to do with my last three years spent as a student at Messiah College....
From: Wood, Doug
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:34 AM
Subject: Small insights into classroom Covid operations
When asking my zooming CCC students the biggest impact of the campus shut down, to a person they agreed it was the loss of daily interactions with their friends. Like us, they grieve the loss of proximity in relationships. It has driven home a central class theme that, as Image bearers, we ARE indeed Created and Called for Community. ( One student even mentioned she do anything to be annoyed by her floor mate again. She explained that even though they never got along, she really misses her!)