Capturing Quarantine Oral Histories
Interview With Ryan Pollock



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Ryan Pollock was raised in Jefferson City, Missouri. He was educated at Helias Catholic High School from 2012 to 2016. After graduating, he attended McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 2016 to 2017 and majored in both guitar performance and music composition. When the school closed down unexpectedly in 2017, Ryan continued his degree at Columbia College Chicago. Currently, Ryan is a senior and majoring in music composition. Ryan has worked as a guitar instructor since 2014. In 2018, Ryan worked with Big Ten Today Show, MissouriNet/Learfield Communications as an assistant director. Between 2018 to 2020, Ryan worked with 88.1 WCRX-FM as a public affairs coordinator. He even hosts a radio show, “The Ryan Pollock Show,” every Wednesday evening, where he interviews local musicians. Also, he is currently working with WGN Radio as a producer and videographer. Ryan also created his recording company, “Kind of Red Records.” In 2020, when the Coronavirus pandemic forced Columbia to lockdown and transfer to remote learning, Ryan could no longer continue to earn his education and host the radio in-person. He presently resides back in his apartment in the South Loop of Chicago to continue his education and work digitally.

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Remote Learning, Remote Working, Essential Worker, Positivity, Normalcy, WGN, Isolation, OVID-19, pandemic, Chicago, Illinois, United States, coronavirus

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Ryan Pollock is a senior at Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. He is majoring in music composition. He recounts how the pandemic affects his learning experiences, and the new learning environment at home upsets his creativity and motivations. Lastly, Ryan describes how the Coronavirus pandemic has changed his thoughts and perspectives toward his work and school learning environments, how the society took advantage of using human interactions, and missing sports such as baseball. He recalls how Coronavirus affects his mental health stabilities and how he finds ways to cope by staying positive, looking at the bright future, and finding normalcy.

Conducted in spring 2020 by an Oral History: The Art of the Interview student, this interview with a fellow student in the class reflects on the pandemic and how it impacted their life. The interview is conducted based on the life history approach to oral history.

Interview With Ryan Pollock