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Randolph-Macon College during COVID-19: Stories of the Pandemic

About the Project

R-MC freshmen in beanies standing near the R-MC historic landmark sign in 1961

The Flavia Reed Owen Special Collections and Archives of the McGraw-Page Library is collecting the stories of this unprecedented time in modern history. We know the COVID-19 pandemic is having a tremendous impact on our students, faculty, and staff, and we want to preserve these experiences of the Randolph-Macon College community for future generations. We invite you to share your story of how this pandemic has affected you.


Your story may take whatever form you choose. It could be a video diary, an essay, an audio recording, blog posts, social media posts, photographs, or a project or assignment you created for a class. 

Some prompts, which could provide ideas for reflection, are:

For students:

  • How did you feel when you learned that the College was moving classes online?
  • What was your most immediate concern?
  • What has been the most challenging thing about online learning? 
  • What is the situation like where you are living? Are you quarantined with family members? Are you still living on campus?  What are the unique challenges of your situation?
  • Have you or has anyone close to you been sick? 
  • What do you miss most about being at the College? 
  • Are you a senior? Talk about what it's like missing the senior spring activities. 
  • What worries you most looking forward? 
  • Is there anything you are grateful for right now? Any positive experiences you have had or witnessed that make you feel hopeful? 
  • What does it mean to witness history? Do you feel that you are witnessing history now? What methods are you using to capture/preserve/participate in/archive the history you are witnessing, or how do you think you can do this? 

For faculty/staff/administrators:

  • What has been the most challenging or surprising thing the College's transition to online learning? 
  • What did you think would be your greatest challenge, and what has proven to be? Is anything easier that you anticipated? 
  • The emotional and psychological toll this is taking on students is tremendous. Talk about the challenges of witnessing and engaging with this, while at the same time handling your own changed circumstances and stressors.
  • What do you miss most about being in the classroom/on campus with students? 
  • How are you staying connected with your colleagues?
  • Is there anything you are grateful for right now? Any positive experiences you have had or witnessed that make you feel hopeful?
  • What does it mean to witness history? Do you feel that you are witnessing history now? What methods are you using to capture/preserve/participate in/archive the history you are witnessing, or how do you think you can do this? 

Submitting your story
Please be sure to read the Informed Consent before submitting your story. You may submit your story/files using this Google Form, which is designed to accept all file formats. If you have questions about your submission, or difficulties using the form, please contact Dr. Nancy Falciani-White, Library Director. 

Copyright statement

This guide is adapted from "Documenting the Pandemic: Muhlenberg College during COVID-19" by Susan Falciani Maldonado, retrieved from https://libraryguides.muhlenberg.edu/covid19 on 24 April 2020.