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OSU Cascades students say, “There is no college in COVID”

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The university is known for its trials and tribulations, but COVID-19 has created a whole new assortment of unprecedented difficulties. Oregon State University-Cascades is no exception, traveling “remotely” at the start of the pandemic and taking classes via Zoom. In a new book titled “There’s No College in COVID,” OSU Cascades students share their first-hand experiences navigating college during a pandemic.

During the 2020-2021 school year, former OSU-Cascades creative writing teacher Jenna Goldsmith encouraged her freshmen to write regularly about their academic and personal lives. Goldsmith then collected her students’ journal entries for her book, hoping to publicize what the students have been through during the pandemic.

Acting Vice President of OSU-Cascades Andrew Ketsdever told The daily barometer“The entries show the raw emotions of freshmen as they navigate the global pandemic and their freshman year at college,” adding that while the book reveals a lot about the students’ struggles, it also shows that sometimes they were able to find a silver lining.

“Our first year was not a normal year,” said sophomore Anya Rozeki, who contributed two of her journal entries to the book. “At the time, I was struggling with the fact that I was starting college and had no friends. »

“Thinking about the polio virus, you look back and think there’s documentation about it, but it was all logistical – maybe it’s more emotional,” said poet Wyatt Didway. “This book is really great for people who want to get a glimpse of how the general population handled this time.”

Rozeki said her grandparents found the book open-eyed. “It was a good way to share how COVID-19 has affected us – not just our school life, but also our mental health and our home life,” she said.

“No College in COVID” is now available for purchase at online bookstores like Amazon or Barnes and Noble, with proceeds going to a scholarship fund. Ketsdever encouraged the community to purchase the book and said, “It’s fascinating to see their points of view, not in reflection, but in real time.

By Momoko Baker