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We’re All in This Together: Student Perspectives on COVID-19

SVA students weigh in on how they’re coping with the new normal.

April 16, 2020
We're All in This Together: SVA Student Share Perspectives on COVID-19

SVA students discuss how they’re living and adjusting during the coronavirus pandemic.

We're all in this together. The world, and school year, might have been thrown for a loop by the COVID-19 pandemic, but SVA students are adapting, creating and keeping their spirits up. To get their perspectives on how they're coping with quarantine and the other challenges of our new normal, we spoke with a wide cross-section of undergraduates who are currently sheltering in place and studying remotely from locations all over the globe. Some kept vlogs, presented in the video above; others corresponded via emails, which are excerpted below.

Thanks to video participants Josefina Costa (BFA Design), Alexa Daily (BFA Film), Steven Davis (BFA Animation), Mel Hsieh (BFA Fine Arts), Aisha Koleen Lopez (BFA Design), Jordan Lisicky (BFA Illustration), Aarman Roy (BFA Design), Tatiana Tift (BFA Film) and Yixue Wang (BFA Film), plus the students below who participated via email.

“My parents are healthy and safe. There are no new cases in Wuhan right now. Wuhan is going to reopen in a few days. For me, I stay indoors, keep the house clean, and open the window for fresh air every day.” —Tianyuan Zheng, BFA Interior Design

Zheng is an international student from Wuhan, China, epicenter of the initial outbreak of COVID-19. He is currently staying in New Jersey.

“I am working on a regular healthy morning routine. I wake up around 5:45am, meditate and jog outdoors. I get up earlier than most people to keep social-distancing.” —Yinjia Wen, BFA Design

Wen is an international student from Beijing, China, currently staying in New York.

“I’m trying to make a positive experience out of this by sitting outside a lot and getting some fresh air in the backyard or taking a walk between my online classes. It’s made me realize how much pressure I put on myself to constantly produce work instead of taking a step back and breathing for a moment.” —Dominique Marchini, BFA Design

Marchini is currently home with family in Tarrytown, New York.

“I’ve been working on a series of illustrations showing outfits I would be wearing out had it not been for this pandemic. I’ve also been writing postcards to friends to keep spirits up.” —Cody Silver, BFA Cartooning

Silver is from California and is staying in New York City, at SVA’s 24th Street Residence Hall.

“I’m reading history books about how we overcame things like this in the past. It helps me to get away from negative thoughts. And, perusing inspiring quotes, as Steve Maraboli said, ‘When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count.’” —Songmee Lee, BFA Fine Arts

Lee is from South Korea and has been under quarantine in a hotel in Hawaii.

“I take out an hour or so every day to FaceTime my friends, and I text them regularly. We try and have larger group calls on Fridays or Saturdays to ensure the days feel like they’re supposed to and don’t start to meld together.” —Shantanu Sharma, BFA Design

Sharma is currently home with family in New Delhi, India.

Stay safe and healthy! To read more about SVA’s response to the coronavirus, visit sva.edu/coronavirus.