Capturing Quarantine Oral Histories
Interview with Alexandra Resendez



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Alexandra Resendez, Ally, a 20-year-old freshman at Columbia College Chicago, was forced to navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic after a few months of moving to the city. Ally grew up in Brownsville, Texas and lived there until she went to college. During her first year, Columbia was forced to shut down and she got kicked out of her dorm mere days after flying home for safety. She had to take a cross country trip to retrieve her Chicago life and trade in for a bedroom at her parent’s house. The stress of not having health insurance has forced Ally to go to Mexico for treatment and puts her in constant fear for her family’s lives. Through a guitar and poetry, she takes each day a step at a time until we see the other side.

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Columbia College Chicago




COVID-19, pandemic, Chicago, Illinois, United States, coronavirus, Mexico, health insurance, freshman, guitar, poetry

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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 Alexandra Resendez