Marlena Freitas was assigned to document her vaccination experience. She is a second semester senior expecting to graduate this June with a media studies major and a focus in journalism and a minor in history. Marlena Freitas did her ZOOM bivouac at her parents home in Stonington, CT AKA the Stonington Borough, after the Hunter College campus closed. When not ZOOM-ing for classes, following up with studies, she worked two part-time jobs, one as a barista in a local café and the other as a nanny for two young kids. She is tri-lingual, as in Danish, Portuguese and English.
Sitting in a corner in my parent’s basement, headphones to block out the sounds of footsteps stomping above me, I may be staring at a collage of names with occasional faces mixed in, and muting and un-muting myself to speak. This is what my “classroom” is like during the COVID-19 pandemic. And I detest it.
By Marlena Freitas