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A.J., 20, a musician in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

“With the pandemic, something has changed. I’m alone all the time. I don’t get to play music with other people. […] It’s not necessarily about performing for people, but also about playing as a way to understand yourself and your experiences. It’s about finding complexities within yourself […]. While I do miss my regular life, I’m happy to have Bach alongside me when I’m alone.”

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N.W., 20, a student in Chicago, IL

“The quarantine has given me time to get to so many things that I’ve placed on the back burner. My friends, my hobbies, and my health. I don’t think anyone would’ve asked for a global pandemic to happen, but I think a lot of us have found silver linings throughout…”

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A.D.W.M., 20, a student in Kericho, Kenya

“Without knowing whether i will be able to fly to the States this fall, i am afraid that i may end up missing out on the college experience that i desired and aimed for when applying. Opportunities such as diversity, internships, and the spirit of exploration may all be diminished. And the financial burden that may come with it is simply unimaginable.”

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Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic is an initiative sponsored by the Poetic Media Lab and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University.

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