Graduation Year


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Faculty Advisor

Christopher J. Gilbert


Before I began this project, I battled with the idea that I could write a serious piece that challenged the narrative surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. But as I began to interview individuals for this project, people overwhelmingly shared that while some times were consumed with fears of sickness and uncertainty, there was so much time where positivity took the forefront. I spoke to friends, family members, acquaintances, and strangers, all of whom shared deeply personal anecdotes, but their stories began to connect in a way they can only connect when living during a shared experience such as this. I was able to write their narratives under the shared themes of life, loss, and love, as well as connect their stories under critical reflections that highlight both the individuality and the interconnectedness of the human experience during these pandemic times. It was my aim to preserve the stories of those who lived, lost, and loved throughout the coronavirus pandemic so as to contribute to a human-based narrative of what it was like to continue on during the coronavirus pandemic despite the adversity.