The Gonzaga Bulletin (GB): What is something that has changed in your life for the better since COVID-19? For the worse? 

Kathryn Grimes, junior: 

“I’ve had more time for myself and am not as stressed out. I feel a little lonely at times but that’s about it.” 

Anna Hochstein, sophomore: 

“I’ve had more time with my family.” 

JJ Pringle, sophomore: 

“I’ve had more time with roommates.” 

Rachel Phelan, sophomore: 

“Learning how to be creative. I don’t need as much alone time as I thought.” 

Mason Daoang, sophomore: 

“My overall health has changed. I’ve took it upon myself to be more active.” 

Morgan Baricaua, sophomore: 

“I was able to help around the house with family and spend time with them.” 

Ellie McConkey, sophomore: 

“I’ve had more family time and time to hang out at home. There’s been more time to be creative, stuff like that.” 

Caden Kim, sophomore: 

“It’s been getting hard to adjust to roommates. It’s like being at home and getting tired of family. It’s the same thing.” 

Cade Newell, senior: 

“I’ve grown closer to my housemates and spent more time with them.” 

James Stevenson, senior: 

“I’ve had to be more intentional with how I reach out to people.” 

GB: What was a plan you had going into this year that you’ve had to salvage or rethink? 

Grimes:

“I was supposed to go abroad. Now, I will hopefully get to go to Europe after graduation.” 

Hochstein: 

“I’ve had to rethink going to basketball games. [She’s salvaged that experience by] still being a part of the Kennel Club, watching games online, and knowing who players are.” 

Pringle:

“I was supposed to study abroad. Talking about studying abroad all the time makes it sound more fun!” 

Phelan:

“My roommates and I go do more adventurous things and are more creative without exposing ourselves.” 

Daoang:

“We weren’t able to experience Luau season this year.” 

Baricaua:

“We weren’t able to experience Luau season this year.” 

Kim:

“Working out is a different plan now. It’s more outdoor and less weightlifting.” 

Newell:

“Canceling the WCC tournament in Vegas.” 

Stevenson:

“I was supposed to go and do the Pilgrimage hike in Spain this summer but cannot go anymore.” 

GB: Are there any new traditions you’ve created because of COVID-19? 

Grimes:

“I have a lot of movie nights.” 

Hochstein:

“I’m a plant lady now.” 

Pringle:

“I’ve done more at home workouts.” 

Phelan: 

“We’ve gotten into reading to fill the time.” 

Daoang:

“I’ve become more aware of myself and have started listening to podcasts.” 

Baricaua:

“Going on little walks and being outdoors.” 

McConkey:

“Doing puzzles, decorating with paintings, and more inside activities.” 

Newell:

“Playing pingpong all the time with weekly-ish tournaments.” 

Stevenson:

“In my house we do group dinners once a week.” 

GB: What’s an experience you wish you could recreate without COVID-19 restrictions? 

Grimes:

“I’d bring back silent disco.” 

McConkey: 

“Being in the Kennel again and making more friends.” 

Kim:

“Campus life in general. Being able to hang out with friends, going to class and traveling.”

Newell:

“Seeing all my friends and sitting next to all of them at the big wooden tables in Hemm.” 

Stevenson:

“Doing intramural soccer and having normal sports.”

Arielle Clayborn is a contributor. 

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