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
A poem about priorities
When this is over
Will we still wash our hands as often as we do now or can we go back to playing with dirt all day without panicking?...
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 is Baking me crazy!
(See facemask cake design)
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 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....
It’s quite a time right now, isn’t it? We, as a collective society, have not dealt with this kind of pandemic, so we’re feeling all kinds of emotions – fear, anxiety, helplessness. The COVID-19 crisis has affected me physiologically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. I am hyper aware of where I put my body in public. I have less contact with public objects like park benches and shopping carts. I wash my hands a lot more. It’s been quite the adjustment living back at home with my family and doing school work around them. I feel like I don’t have as much personal space, but I have gradually overcome that frustrated feeling as I bonded more with my loved ones. Because of the way I look, I have been a victim to multiple racist comments at my school and in the public. My family has also dealt with outright racist remarks in public either while we’re walking around the lake or shopping around in the grocery stores. This pandemic has exacerbated racism and its fear-mongering tactics of hatred against Asian-Americans and Asians all over the world. Also, it has disproportionally affected communities of color in this country in ways that some people don’t care to recognize. Our country needs to come together and do our part in flattening this curve – by staying home, social distancing, washing hands crazily – not by protesting for the freedom to get a haircut. I believe that the proclaimed idea of our individualism has been hurting the common good.
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
This was the group of graduate counseling Marriage, Couple and Family students who have adapted to Telemental health in their final semester of field experience at their sites.
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?
This film documents my experiences in on-campus quarantine at Messiah University.
Dr. Savarino briefly discusses the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the performing arts. (4:37)
I have really had my dreams crushed this year from Covid. For one, I am so excited that my sister is a freshman this year so we can be on campus together. However, with Covid, nothing has gone our way from no visitation to no going off campus to explore. I wanted to take her to all my favorite places and do fun things with her but I am not able to do what we had planned due to Covid....
A photo is part of the submission
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....
Masks on, doors closed
Restless energy, with life indisposed
I read my bible, I do my school
I want to go out, but I am no fool
I talk to my mother, my brother and dad
I play my Nintendo to make me glad
I know my God will hold my hand
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...