Questions & Answers with The Class of 2020




Adelaide Sanders

How has this experience changed your thinking/views of the world and yourself thus far?


It is important to keep perspective—to be flexible and consider the bigger
picture even if you’re disappointed to miss out on things. I know we were all looking forward to our thesis show and graduation, but I’m really proud of us
for making it work.

How would you describe working on your thesis from start to finish?


It has definitely been a challenge to complete a project like this during this
time. I really had to work with whatever I had on hand and make the best
of it, but challenges and constraints can lead to creative solutions. 



What is the biggest question currently circling your mind?


What now???


What is something you’d like to say to the person reading this right now?


Thank you!



Julia O’Donnell


0:00 - Are you missing anything or anyone right now?
0:38 - What has your quarantine looked like or felt like thus far?
1:25 - What’s next for you?
2:40 - What’s the biggest question currently circling your mind?








Nora Slonim


0:00 - What are your thoughts about closing out your senior year in this fashion?

1:56 - Favorite memory you’ve had over the last few years?

2:32 - What’s the biggest question currently circling your mind?

2:44 - What’s something you wish you had more control over right now? Why?

3:30 - What has your quarantine looked like or felt like thus far?




Jenna Solomon

How has this experience changed your thinking/views of the world and yourself thus far?


I would say that prior to this pandemic I acknowledged my privilege, but now I appreciate it.


Working on your senior thesis is such an insular experience. It is all about creating something that speaks to an audience, but probably more so to yourself. It is the final work you create as your time as a student, at this school, and that is something you will never get back. So you hone it; cherish it. It is a child you have formed from every fiber of your being.


Or at least that's how it has felt to me.


Then a pandemic happens and all of your senior activities are cancelled and your whole world falls apart. No senior exhibition. No graduation. Everything you have been working towards the past four years has slipped through the cracks before your very eyes.


At first I was heartbroken. How could I have spent the past six months of my life looking forward to this and now it is no more? How will I never walk the halls of the 5th floor of the D building? Sit with my friends on the 6th floor of the library? Walk across the Radio City Music Hall stage?


But before I knew it, things came into perspective pretty quickly. 22-year-old financially independent friends are filing for unemployment. People’s family members are sick and dying. Parents are stuck at home with very young children, 24/7 and with no escape. Essential workers risking their lives each and every day.


Not me.


If these horrible, life altering experiences are only news stories on my phone, not touching me in any real way, how can I sit in the safety of my apartment and feel as if the world is over when all I have to do is work from home?


Don’t get me wrong, not being able to graduate college properly is traumatic, but life moves on. I will survive, I will get a job (hopefully) and I will succeed. A cap and gown doesn’t determine my future.




Jacqueline Hur

How has this experience changed your thinking/views of the world and yourself thus far?


At the beginning [of this crisis], it was terrifying. frozen, almost. I remember being at the grocery store, it was a Thursday. it had been a few weeks since I had last done some food shopping, so I figured it’d be a good time to do so. good was far from the experience. It was a madhouse... grains gone. Canned foods gone. Shelves and aisles emptied. People had carts filled beyond the brim as I was holding a measly baguette and some produce. How long am I supposed to stock up for? Do I need to buy 20 rolls of toilet paper right now? What the hell is going on? Overwhelmed I took a few breaths and realized the selfishness and fear that was brewing within myself and those around me- every man, woman, child, and being for themselves.

In a nutshell, my thesis topic is about self-awareness and the importance of empathy. And, the lack there was of thinking outside of one’s own self [during that trip to the grocery store] was shocking. This crisis was such a testament to the state of society and how quickly we are to act only on one’s accord and benefit.


What is something you’d like to say to the person reading this right now?


Hello. I’d like you to close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths.
To fill your lungs until you feel you can’t anymore, and then breathe in a little bit deeper.

Release.

Think about the last time you had felt vulnerable. Was it a feeling caused by your own fears or did someone say or do something to make you feel that way?


I want you to know that I have felt that feeling too. Remember this.
Remember that the person who caused you to feel that way has felt it too.
Remember that the next person and the next five people you see have all felt this way. We are connected by the familiarity of our emotions.



Janely Collado

What has your quarantine looked like or felt like thus far?


It feels like work is melting into school and at times days just slip away. 


What’s next for you?


I want to be an activist graphic designer if the world ever gets back to normal. :(


Favorite memory you've had over the last few years?


The day I raced one of my favorite professors.


What is something you'd like to say to the person reading this right now?


Enjoy the small moments.

 

How are you?


The days are getting better, Graduation here we come!!! - (4.28.20, 10:52 PM)




Emily Kelly

What has your quarantine looked like or felt like thus far?






Caslon Yoon

How has this experience changed your thinking/views of the world and yourself thus far?


This situation really opened how, not only is interaction with people important, but the interaction we had with everything else in daily life–

Opening a door, (especially for someone)

swerving around crowds

buying a train ticket,

staring out the train window,

seeing the clouds float in the sky,

people watching,

and spotting a cat.


How would you describe working on your thesis from start to finish?


My thesis paper argued for more in-person interaction,
my thesis project argued for seeing beauty in every interaction.


What is the biggest question currently circling your mind?


The biggest question is a question that seems to have no answer. What’s next for you? Where do I go from here?


I think I just need to go


Troy Vasilakis

What are your thoughts about closing out your senior year in this fashion?


Saddened at first.

“This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper.”

But I’m okay with it. There are some things you can’t control and to harp on the past won’t do you any good either. Live on and do what you can, make the most of it.


How would you describe working on your thesis from start to finish?


Boiling water.

“I heard this great quote the other day describing the creative process to be a lot like boiling water where it doesn’t seem like progress is being made when the water temperature changes one degree at a time from 0° to 211° until it goes from 211°-212° and starts boiling”


Are you missing anything/anyone right now?


My girlfriend, my professors—for separate reasons of course.


What has your quarantine looked like/felt like thus far?


At home-home, not on my own, wish I was to have the time to myself. But I feel guilty knowing I am in a situation where I am well-off, while many others aren’t. 


How are you?


Tired, but content. Stayed up all night Sunday into Monday and again Tuesday into Wednesday to finish my thesis. I finished it as I was working from home for my internship, I continued straight from my night into it. I feel good finishing it, proud of it, especially since uncertainty shrouded it for weeks. - (4.30.20, 7:18 PM)


What is something you’d like to say to the person reading this right now?


Hey, we’re okay.