"...I became a mom during The Pandemic. So, first and foremost, I have taken on a very fulfilling and challenging new role in life... Being on maternity leave from my job during this time has been challenging. I wish I could be more involved and supportive to my colleagues..."
" ...It is equal parts teacher, advocate, and counselor. Helping students cope AND learn is a unique challenge... I’ve actually had to work longer hours and remain in 'school mode' much later into my day. My students are on my mind a lot of the time..."
" . . .My daily pandemic rollercoaster of feelings includes grief, anxiety, fortitude, gratitude, moxie, outrage, inspiration, wallowing and nihilism. I remind myself that I am strong and I am smart. I find small moments of peace..."
"...I sent my students the message that Walz had for them, 'The class of 2020, you will not be defined by staying home and missing proms and missing graduations, you will be defined by understanding how interconnected our world is and what it means to come together and solve hard problems'..."
"...As a health care provider I am used to seeing, hearing and physically touching patients. This has gone away as we have moved to virtual visits... So I have lost and am missing the direct patient care..."
"...with COVID-19 as the backdrop, life continues to march on - with deaths and births and fights and reunions and every other thing - but it is all so much more intense - brighter, sharper, stronger, harder. So I feel resigned and defeated some days and other days hopeful and optimistic..."
"...I hope that from this time comes a better understanding by the public of how hard everyone at a hospital works... Like John Roberts said when you meet a janitor, food worker, phlebotomist or whomever, learn their name and address them by their name. It's the only good thing I've ever heard a Republican say..."
" ...COVID19 has introduced disconnection, inadequacy and loneliness to my work. Over the last couple of months I have often felt like an intern in training again. Everything is new and changes every day. I don't know what to touch first and when to wash my hands again, or what PPE to wear or reuse..."