In fall 2020, then-Oregon State University-Cascades writing instructor Jenna Goldsmith asked her students keep journals about life after the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of this week, the over 100-page book including essays and more by her former students has become available for any and all to read in the new book “There is no College in COVID: Selections from the Oregon State University-Cascades COVID-19 Journaling Project.”
It may sound like old hat now that we’re all two-year veterans of the “new” normal, but there was a time when life felt like it had been turned upside down. The fear, confusion and disinformation afoot were disorienting. And when remarkable, challenging times hit, they can prove fruitful to creative minds.