There Is No College in COVID: Selections from the Oregon State University–Cascades COVID-19 Journaling Project

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Like so many colleges and universities across the country, OSU—Cascades “went remote” in March 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Faculty turned on a dime, shifting their courses from face-to-face to remote over the spring break holiday, and students hunkered down for a long term of Zooming.

In the journal entries collected here, students reveal a range of emotional responses to being a college student during COVID, and in their own voices. We witness frustration, sadness at the loss of family and friends, a newfound appreciation for the simple pleasures of life, and confusion about what would come next. Collectively, what these students have in common is their station as first-term, first-year students grappling with the uncertainty and significant disruption brought on by a global pandemic.

DECEMBER 7, 2021 | ISBN: 9781950843527 | ESSAYS | PAPERBACK | 108 PAGES

Published by Parafine Press