Academic Nostalgia in a Pandemic

By Maria Sosso, English Major / Gumberg Library Intern

Who knew that fixing LibGuides would make me feel nostalgic? As I survey guides like “American Women Writers” and “Catholic Novelists,” I am fondly recalling all of the authors that I’ve read in different classes throughout my college career. I suppose that it is natural to be contemplative as I approach the finish line of my college years. From Jack Kerouac to Gwendolyn Brooks, fixing these LibGuides feels less like work and more like taking a stroll down memory lane. Repairing the guides is soothing in a way. It’s nice to put everything in the right places so that the resources can help other students. There is such a wide breadth within the English major, something that I am reminded of as I complete guide after guide. I feel so lucky to be able to have this opportunity, especially with the circumstances of the pandemic. It has been such a tumultuous period in all of our lives but I still love to work within the broad dimensions of my field, and I’m confident that that will not be changing any time soon. If someone had told me when I was a freshman that I would be doing all of my classes online, including an internship, I would have thought that they were insane. I don’t think that I fully grasped how much I loved being in a classroom setting until it was impossible for me to be physically interacting in one. I took being able to see my professors and fellow students in person for granted. If I never hear the words zoom meeting again, it will be too soon. However, one of the perks of online learning and vocational work that I’m discovering is that a lot of amazing internships that I would have shied away from applying for because of their locations are being offered remotely. I am hoping to take advantage of these remote internships in the summer and fall. 

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