A Pandemic Diary Project for Housebound Students, Faculty and Staff of SUNY Oneonta.
This site is aimed at collecting diary entries that will provide a historical record of what it was like to live through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keep a diary of your coronavirus time. Diaries can be created and shared using various modalities: a physical, paper diary; entries on The Semester of Living Dangerously Pandemic Diaries website; or a digital document diary. In your day-to-day existence, what would you want future readers to know? What annoys you? Makes you happy? Frustrates you? Surprises you? Bores you? You can write about anything you like, about any subject you like, for as long as you like. This exercise is also a great stress buster. Don’t carry your annoyances with you – let paper take the weight! One woman in MO wrote a lot about rationing, food in general, and trying to keep house. You can write as much or as little as you like. Even a sentence or two is better than no sentences at all. One gentleman wrote consistently about the barometric pressure and the weather – and that’s all. One eighteen-year-old girl wrote pages and pages about boys, dances, and future prospects, all while barely mentioning the war. Give yourself the gift of reflection – take whatever time you can when you can to write whatever you can. This is your exciting opportunity to become the first-person narrative we all enjoy reading!
Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to post entries directly to the site (by logging in with SUNY Oneonta ID) or by keeping a paper journal that can be mailed later.
The Semester of Living Dangerously is a collaboration between the SUNY Oneonta History Department, Milne Library, and the Teaching, Learning & Technology Center.