While none of us could have anticipated the effects that the advent of COVID–19 would have on our society, the hardships and grief of life under lockdown have certainly been felt by all of us. Separated from our loved ones and facing a future full of uncertainty, quarantine has pushed us to find new ways to cope with our so–called "new normal."
Street welcomed staffers to submit photos of the things that brought them a sense of peace in an era marked by quiet chaos. From snuggling with pets to exploring a new hobby, here are a few tidbits of positivity that helped our staff survive the past year.
"During quarantine, I started baking a lot more and got really into baking homemade bread." — Maddie Muldoon (C '23)
"I worked on an organic farm called Granor Farm during the summer quarantine ... Doing manual labor, being in nature, and eating the fresh food that I grew made all the difference." — Lily Stein (C '22)
"Love in the time of COVID–19 means sitting all afternoon in the warm West–Coast weather, curled up with a puppy and a classic." — Mehek Boparai (C '22)
"My resolution for this year is to wake up earlier and (hopefully) become more of a morning person!" — Alice Heyeh (C '22)
"My roommates and I have taken up painting together since returning to Penn as a fun way to relax." — Hannah Lonser (C '23)
"I love going to drive through light shows in my city!" — Sejal Sangani (C '24)
"A coffee a day has been keeping my troubles away." — Jesse Zhang (C '24)
"I found love through sharing my paintings with friends." — Sukhmani Kaur (C '22)
"My dog, Dolce, has been my constant companion in quarantine, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s nothing better than having him snuggle up next to me on the couch while I’m watching online lectures." — Chelsey Zhu (C '22)
"Here’s a picture of a focaccia bread I made over quarantine!" — Jessa Glassman (C '24)