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Documenting the Pandemic:

MRU Community Experiences of Life During COVID-19

Few aspects of daily life remain untouched by the pandemic; work, study, leisure, family, and communities have all been affected. This project aims to tell the COVID-19 stories of the MRU community by collecting experiences and artifacts of life from these uncertain times, and preserving them for the historical record.

Your contributions can help researchers of the future - and perhaps, ourselves - to understand what it meant to live, work and study during the outbreak. So please tell us your stories, share your thoughts, document what you have seen and done, and record how the world around you has responded to the pandemic. Help us document and preserve this historical moment.

Who can contribute?

We welcome contributions from MRU students, employees, alumni and neighbours.

What can you contribute?

We invite donations of digital objects that relate to the local impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that reflect your personal, professional, or academic experiences. Contributions may take the form of:

 

Photographs & images

Diaries, journals, blog posts, essays

Video and audio recordings: Oral histories, commentaries, interviews, songs

Creative works: Artwork, signs, poetry, creative writing

 

Due to social distancing protocols, we can only accept digital contributions at the moment. If you have physical items to contribute (for example, a handwritten journal), please contact us at archives@mtroyal.ca.

Contribution ideas

Unsure of how you might participate? Each of us has many stories to tell of what we have experienced and observed during the pandemic. Some ideas to consider for sharing your story:

  • Capture your experiences of home-working, home-learning, or home-schooling.
  • Document your daily life during the pandemic through words or photos. How have you passed the time? What have you observed in your neighbourhood? How has your family been affected by the virus?
  • Record personal responses to news reports or major events.
  • Share reflections of your transition from in-person to on-line learning or teaching.
  • Reflect on your concerns or hopes relating to the pandemic.

What will happen to your contribution?

Items that are accepted will be preserved in the Archives and Special Collections as part of the MRU Community COVID-19 Collection, and will be made publicly accessible online.

Mount Royal University takes the law and your right to privacy seriously. If you believe that the Collection contains works that infringe your copyright, privacy or other rights, please contact us at archives@mtroyal.ca.

Contribute Digital Objects

 

Contribute digital object(s) to the MRU Community COVID-19 Collection. If you'd like to submit more than 3 files, contact us at archives@mtroyal.ca

Answer a Question

 

Alternatively, you can contribute by answering questions about your pandemic experience.

Emma Servello

'March 12, 2020. That was the day a lot of North America was changing due to COVID-19. Sports and concerts, for example, were being cancelled. As the day progressed...'

Kasey Walters

Trico Changemakers Studio is working on a community wide project in the Crowsnest Pass. John Taylor has encouraged me to submit my update on life and artwork during this pandemic.

The title of my poem is "Everything Changed". It was created a month after COVID close to the first wave. It relates to the pandemic on my life because it has the sadness around covid, missing the normal we all lived in but being hopeful for the light at the end.

Poem:

Everything changed.
Within a mere 24 hours my “normal” is now strange.

Everything changed.
And now I can't go outside or the people will rage.

“Give me my freedom” They will say.
Assuming that they are fighting to keep the economy at bay.

While I am here.
Living my new “normal”.
Scared.
For immune systems can be weak.
And the future seems bleak.
But yet I want hope.
To know how to cope.
Because through the darkest times I know others have it worse.

So I will remain hopeful.

To breathe without a mask on my face. Not letting the days go to waste.

I will wait.
Because.
Everything changed.
Within a mere 24 hours my “normal” is now strange.

Question 1

I am an extrovert. It is hard for me not to be around people, so I made my own zoom account and bought jackbox party packs. On Saturdays, I do virtual parties with my friends. I am the only one who stays home because all members of my family are essential workers. I am always worried about them and their patients. I am proud of them honestly. I worry a lot about people. It doesn't help when you are an empath. I just try to message my friends and family. I don't care if I get annoying as long as I know they are alive and kicking. I had this major realization in my life. I fully reflected on what I want in my life. I have a lot of time in my hands, so I am planning everything to enjoy life to the fullest during the pandemic.

Question 2

I hope people will work together to actually survive this pandemic. I hope people also realize how lucky we are. Recognizing the things to be grateful about is also important. Once the pandemic is over, get ready MRU because I am gonna be loud and be an amazing changemaker and advocate for its students, services and clubs!

Question 1

My greatest concern would be that we start trying to bring back normalcy too quick. Reopening places, being lenient with going outside, getting together, etc. I think until a vaccine is created and shown to work, there is no stopping the pandemic.

Question 2

Definitely health. I have been putting on so much weight and I can't find the motivation to get out of bed. Before this whole COVID situation, I used to have goals for the day; go shopping, buy groceries, go for a walk, go to the park, etc. Now that almost everything I used to do is either shut down, involves going out, or is unsafe to do, I don't know what to do with my time.

Question 1

My greatest concern is with people who believe that the pandemic is a hoax, people who feel that they are justified in risking public safety. My hope is that this break in the usual pace of life will greatly improve our environment.

Question 2

The move to online classes and working from home has greatly impacted my workload. I am grateful to have a job at this time, but the focus on electronic books and databases has given me a lot of work to do in a short space of time.

Question 1

Staying in touch with friends during this pandemic has been hard. Also, not being able to see distant relatives has been a challenge.

Question 2

Once most of the restrictions are lifted I'm worried that people are going to be less careful with their actions around others, and the virus might come back. I hope this time has taught everyone the importance of community. Even a simple act of kindness, such as a text message to check in and see how someone is doing can go a long way. I hope people realize the importance of slowing down and learning to have a balance between life and work because that is living a fulfilling life. Finally, I hope people use technology for good. Technology has helped many people stay informed with what is happening concerning the pandemic, and technology has brought friends and family together who are far apart.