Capturing Quarantine Oral Histories
Interview with Christen Weeden



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Christen Weeden was born in Lansing Illinois. As a young girl Christen enjoyed doing arts and crafts with her mom, Cindi, whose her overall inspiration. Christen knew at a young age she would attend Columbia College Chicago. Since the age of 3 Christen was a dancer, competing in dance competitions, and her dance instructors urged her to attend Columbia. In high school she volunteered as a cheerleading coach at St. Ann School and was also a dance coach for her high school Bishop Noel Institute after graduation. Christen was diagnosed with POTS auto immune disease in 2016. Even though dance is her passion she decided to attend Columbia College for fashion merchandising after working at American Eagle and meeting her manager and career mentor Lindsay Palmateer. Christen started as a sales associate and quickly became a Merchandise Manager for the brand in 2019 and still holds this position. Expected year of graduation from Columbia College Chicago is 2021.

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online learning, Fashion, dance, fashion marketing, COVID-19, pandemic, Chicago, Illinois, United States, coronavirus

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This interview examines the impact of COVID19 quarantine on fellow Columbia College Chicago Student, Christen Weeden. She explains the diversity and colorful experiences Columbia provides for students that makes attending so unique. She shares memories about her childhood as a dancer knowing that she would be attending Columbia College when she grew up. she talks about the switch from dancing to fashion merchandising and provides insights on the on and off campus student work lifestyle altered by the ongoing epidemic in 2020. She recounts getting furloughed from her job and how that affected her life and work continues to be uncertain. Christen wants to highlight the importance of kindness during this time and inspire us to not view our situations as problematic but to know that someone always has it worse than we do.

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 Christen Weeden