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Oct 20, 2020

Quarantine with Me: Notes from the I School Community

Updated with four new narratives on December 8, 2020. 

We miss South Hall: getting a latte in the morning and an iced coffee in the afternoon from Nora at Petite Babette; seeing the excitement of first-year students fill the campus in late August sporting their new Berkeley tees and sweatshirts; being able to bounce an idea off a colleague walking to pick up lunch instead of on a scheduled Zoom. You may miss walking into your office building in a way you didn’t expect, or feel nostalgia for the mad dash to drop off your child at daycare. There are no more meet-ups with other students or alumni, and we don’t know when we’ll be able to gather in person again. Life is both on pause and somehow rolling along.

We’ve now been home for seven months, and if you’re like us, you might be feeling a smidge guilty because you haven’t used the time at home to master Mandarin or build a kayak by hand. But that’s us: what has the rest of the I School been up to?

Inspired by this New York Times series, we asked some members of the I School community to open the doors to their lives at home and give us a closer look at what they’ve been up to. 

Round one: 

Round 2: 


This is an occasional series from the I School. I School students, alumni, faculty, or staff may email Denise Simard if they are interested in sharing their quarantine story. I School community members can join the #quarantinewithme channel in our Slack workspace to join the conversation.

Last updated:

December 8, 2020