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T.M., a teen in Santiago, Chile

“Creo que a pesar de todo aunque muchas veces haya sentido miedo, ansiedad, angustia, preocupación, también creo que ha sido un tiempo donde he podido estar más tiempo con mi familia, conocerlos más y también conocerme a mi, también he podido hacer cosas que siempre he dejado de lado porque no tenía tiempo de hacerlo, creo que ha sido un tiempo de pensar, reflexionar y darse cuenta de todas las cosas que uno tiene y que puede perder de un día para otro por una pandemia.”

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C.T., 20, a student in Cold Spring, KY

“Rather than piling new projects on ourselves and holding ourselves accountable to the same overblown standards of productivity we ordinarily do, we have to accept that this pandemic has shifted every aspect of our lives.”

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M.W., 22, a student in Wayne, PA

“For a lot of us, it is not the same unimaginable grief felt by those who have lost loved ones to this pandemic. But it is grief nonetheless—a kind of hollow emptiness”

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J.E., 20, a musician in Evergreen, CO

“The things I had written about – campus life, relationships – all felt part of a world that didn’t exist anymore. This new world of strange memes, my Mother’s purchase of Zoom stock, and the misery in the country was a lot to digest. I’m sure in a few months I’ll write about the absurdity of all of it.”

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