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.
Columbia College Chicago
COVID-19, pandemic, Chicago, Illinois, United States, coronavirus, Mexico, health insurance, freshman, guitar, poetry
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LaMaack, Nikolas, "Interview with Alexandra Resendez" (2020). Capturing Quarantine Oral Histories. 4.