Zoom Therapy: Students Cope with Being Quarantined


Courtesy of Forbes

Dana Miller, Contributing Writer

For the first time in history, people all around the world are on strict lockdown in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Since students are now home until the fall semester begins, Clarkies are having to deal with heightened stress and a sudden rise in family time, with the high hopes of returning to Clark in the fall semester.

In the United States, the epicenter of the virus became New York City, where Violet Brachman, a first year from Manhattan lives. “I get very sad when I see the trucks that house patients’ bodies parked right next to my local emergency room. It’s really confusing how to deal with that, knowing you are walking past a truck with dead bodies in it and corona patients right inside the hospital since it’s so new to us,” said Brachman.

“I think that living in NYC and being in the center of one of the worst places right now is stressful, especially when going out,” said Brachman. “I’m kind of afraid of everyone and get stressed when going out on walks to get some fresh air.”

With the strict quarantine restrictions, face-to-face human connection is limited. Brachman said, “If I’m not making things and talking to people and keeping myself busy and active, I definitely feel drained from lack of interactions.”

Online classes through the app, Zoom, have become the new normal for Clark students. Manny Bowman, a first year from Peterborough NH, said, “I am having to try and stay on top of my work much more because it is harder to know what is due when. It hasn’t been disastrous, but I have seen my motivation just float away.”

First year Hattie Carolan from Amherst Mass. agrees that a lack of motivation has become a prevalent issue in online classes. Carolan said, “It’s hard to get work done in a space that I’m not used to having to focus so much.”

“I definitely miss studying in the library and the routine of classes which is a lot harder when you can watch the videos for class at any time,” added Brachman.

Carolan has noticed another difference that has come with COVID-19 precautions. “Where I work has changed a lot,” said Carolan. “It’s a restaurant at a retirement community. We used to serve meals in a big dining room with everyone but now we have to deliver to the residents’ apartments, which is a big change. It’s good, though, because they are so vulnerable to the virus.”

Brachman added, “Most grocery stores have early hours for seniors are immune compromised. Overall, most companies are doing a great job now and being very diligent about the virus.”

For many families, quarantine has brought together all family members who might have been apart since colleges began their fall semester in late August. With everyone being home, families have had to adjust to sharing spaces and time together once again.

“I have a happy and stable home,” said Bowman. “So other than having my parents constantly around, my life hasn’t been affected too much.”

“It’s actually been nice being home with my parents. They both work all day and I do my own thing, and then at night we usually watch movies. Sometimes it feels a little suffocating but when it does, I just go on a run or a walk,” Carolan explained. “I’m lucky to live in a place where I’m able to go outside a lot and hike because if I couldn’t go outside at all, I think it would be a lot worse.”

With summer months approaching and cabin fever kicking in, Brachman is looking to the future.  “One of the main things keeping me motivated is the thought of returning to school next year and everything being normal,” she admitted.

“I hope in five months we will be back to normal life and most importantly back at Clark. But I honestly don’t know if that will happen at this point. I’m trying to think positively but I think it’s possible that this could be a problem for a bit longer,” Carolan confessed. “If people keep staying inside and social distancing, I think we could go back to Clark in the fall and have a normal few months of summer. But I think now it’s one day at a time.”