Why You Should Take an Art History Class (Coming from a STEM Major)

By Fiona Rose Beyerle Entering university gives many students the opportunity to do something they have not been able to do before: pick classes that interest them.  Although this can be daunting considering how few electives you can take, especially in majors that often require a lot of classes, consider taking a class you most […]

The Sound of Summer 2020

By Sumner Lewis Every summer I’ve experienced has a soundtrack that goes with it. Whether it’s Dog Days Are Over during the summer of 2011 or Golden Boy during Summer 2017, there has always been a summer theme song. Pop radio also participates in the “song of the summer” phenomenon, anxiously waiting to see which […]

How to Save a Life: Put Your Phone Away While Driving

By Catherine Duffy Sending a quick “on my way” text, checking a notification or changing the song on our phones while driving is something most of us can unfortunately admit to having done in the past. But what kind of risks do these behaviors evoke? Between having lost people in my life due to collisions […]

The 3-2-1 Method: The Power of Controlling the Controllables

An Athlete’s Guide to Self-Sufficiency and Mental Resilience With Angelo Rossetti by Abigail Roth and Angelo Rossetti Lockdown has undoubtedly been a difficult time for everyone, especially those who have been prohibited from doing what they love. Athletes, specifically, and those who enjoy sports just for fun, have been unable to join together with their […]

Your Favorite Arthur Characters as College Majors

By Fiona Rose Beyerle Perhaps the best PBS Kids show on air in the early 2000’s was Arthur.  Who could not love the fun characters, cute storylines and life lessons taught on Arthur?  Although each character had their own unique personality, they all showed us what true friendship was, while going to the Sugar Bowl […]

Sleeping (In) Is For the Weak

by Eleanor Kelman I recently listened to a talk by Dr. Michael J. Breus, also known as “the Sleep Doctor,” in which he discussed the science of sleep. He was one of the featured speakers on an externship I (and thousands of other people trapped in limbo between school and not being able to find […]

A Social Distancing Experiment: Being a Camp Counselor During COVID-19

by Jay Abdella With summer in full swing, many people have watched their summer plans dry up. For some, summer camp was their work destination. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many camps were forced to close because of state, federal, and local regulations. My summer camp, which is a day camp in my old hometown, […]

Introverts and Extroverts vs. the Quarantine

By Catherine Duffy The COVID-19 pandemic has been an event like no other for the present population. The three-month isolation period changed life as we know it as plans were cancelled and a new way of life surfaced. But did everyone have the same general experience? It is known that there are two big personality […]

7 Instrumental Songs From the ’70s to Chill Out To

by Nicole Mattson (A record player plays a tune). Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled or postponed all of the upcoming concerts we all have been looking forward to. If you are stumped on what to listen to next after you have grown tired of repeatedly listening to your playlists, try listening to instrumental music. […]

Hope for a New Normal

Since the beginning of the worldwide shutdowns due to the pandemic, there has been talk about a ‘new normal,’ or a persistent wish to return to the old sense of ‘normal’ that everyone had become so comfortable with. Many continue to wish for the reopening of their favourite local café, the dance floor of the […]

On the Matter of Race in Theatre

by Sumner Lewis (Spectators wait for a theatre show to begin). The very first musical I ever saw was The Lion King. I was five and I can clearly remember the amazement I felt as I watched the performers on stage. My family and I sat in the first row of the mezzanine at the […]

Moving Forward: Creating Change on Campus and Beyond post BLM

Over the past month in the United States, the protests over police brutality have forced us to re-examine how we go about our daily lives when thinking about race relations. For myself, I have re-examined political beliefs and opened my eyes to new ideas and thoughts. For my college, this past month has put a […]

Ice Skating During the Pandemic

by Molly Rosenfeld I’ll start off by saying I am not much of an athlete, never was, and probably never will be. My lung capacity is below average, I don’t have much in the way of upper body strength, and I’m not particularly flexible. As a young child, I participated in swimming, ballet, soccer, and […]

With Covid finally calming down in parts of Canada, many restaurants have reopened. But how has the dining experience changed for Canadians?

By Catherine Duffy Lunches with grandma, birthday celebrations in our favourite diners, and late night drinks at the bar have all been activities I’ve missed during the quarantine. As of June 8th 2020, the province of Saskatchewan announced that restaurants could open their doors once again. While residents may believe that their dining experiences will […]

Take a Step Back from Stress: How to Comfortably Retreat from Technology

by Abbey Ross (A girl looks at her phone with a sense of fear) If you are a technology user living in 2020, you have undoubtedly seen tremendous amounts of troubling and stressful news stories during the past few months. Television channels are clogged with their usual politics, crime, and celebrity news, but now an […]

10 Things To Do While Bored

By Andy Chau Bored? Still need NEW things to do? Look no further! Watch the “Tiger King” docu-series on Netflix (if you haven’t already)!  Tiger King documents the journey of Joe Exotic and his run-ins with an interconnected society of supposed “tiger conservationists.” You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to watch it!  […]

Rethinking Home

Many of us are graduating into one of the worst job markets in history, at a time when lots of organizations are on a hiring freeze. Society as a whole is changing as a result of being in a COVID-19/post-COVID-19 era, and the generation coming out of college is stuck right in the middle of […]

How the Mask Up Initiative is Battling PPE Shortages

When good friends Arya Rao and Kanav Kalucha were sent home early from Columbia University as a result of COVID-19, the computer science students knew they weren’t done putting their education to use quite yet. From their homes in Michigan and California, respectively, Rao and Kalucha noticed that many citizens in their hometowns – particularly […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Lattes

By Eleanor Kelman: One thing that Instagram has made abundantly clear to me is that everyone I know is baking delicious goods these days except for me. It seems like the whole world has acquired a passion for baking all at once, but the end product of baking has always appealed to me more than […]

The Dangers of Performative “Click-tivism”

By: Abbey Roth May 25th, 2020 is a day that will be written in the history books: the day America was awoken in a way it has never been before. The unjust killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd within three months acted as the straws that broke the camel’s back in a […]

Keeping Up Friendships Amidst the Chaos

by Lia Weinseiss In the current times, it can be difficult to uphold friendships in ways that we have become accustomed to. We can’t share a dinner, go for drinks, and/or hang out at each other’s houses. It seems cruel that in these times when our mental health seems to be at its most fragile, […]

Two Weeks Later

by Jacob Woo-Ming At the time I am writing this, it has been almost two weeks since the murder of George Floyd. Yet, it feels like months have quickly passed by. (A building is graffitied with “I can’t breathe,” George Floyd’s last words before his death.) I am half Black and half Filipino/Chinese. Because I […]

Canada Has a Racism Problem

On Monday, June 1st, 2020, Christian Mbanza was momentarily locked out of his car.  The 27-year-old grade-school teacher of Regina, Saskatchewan used an app to unlock his car. He waited for his phone to work for a moment, and when it didn’t, simply got out his keys. Nothing about the incident should have implied Mbanza […]

Five Books to Read About Race

by Nicole Mattson Like many people who have seen the video of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, you might be wondering what you can do to be actively anti-racist. You might show your support by protesting on the streets, by donating money to organizations who need it, or by donating supplies […]

Blog Update: Black Lives Matter.

In light of the recent events that have shaken the United States and the rest of the world, we at Beyond the Pandemic want to give our full support to the Black Lives Matter movement and people of color, as well as to the frontline workers who have been battling the coronavirus since the beginning. […]

Finding Strength and Camaraderie Through an Immunocompromised Household

by Eleanor Kelman When I first received news that my campus would be shutting down and classes would move to remote instruction due to COVID-19, my initial fear wasn’t directed at how I personally would adapt to the change; rather, I worried how my dad would fare. I had been living at my university in […]

Sustainability Saturdays: Rinse and Recycle

   This change is easy to make, but very impactful. When recycling, make sure you rinse out jars and other recyclable food containers. The rinse does not have to be perfect, but anything with excessive food residue cannot be recycled. Dirty items also risk contaminating other recyclables, so one dirty item has the potential to […]

Online Shopping Tips!

Especially with this pandemic going on, people are running out of ideas on what to do at home. Besides baking banana bread, oversleeping and engaging in heavy exercise, what many individuals decide to do is online shop. There’s essentially no drawback to online shopping. You can make fun purchases while also maybe supporting a small […]

Films from Around the Globe To Ease The Travel Bug (For Now…)

by Fiona Rose Beyerle Even though you cannot physically pack up and travel right now, these films all provide incredible storytelling from different worldwide perspectives. The best part is that there are quite a few films to be discovered that offer compelling stories and perhaps a chance to practice a language you studied but have […]

Virtual Learning during COVID-19

By Marieli Rubio As appealing as working and studying from home seemed, it has posed various obstacles for college students. Adapting to virtual learning has taught young adults to be flexible, and above all, deal with ambiguity. As uncertainty continues to prevail with internships, an on-campus fall quarter, study abroad, and so much more, students […]

“Normal People:” Book vs. TV Show

By Nicole Mattson Normal People is a story worth knowing. Written in 2018 by Sally Rooney, it explores the tumultuous relationship between Marianne and Connell, two Irish students who go through high school and college together. After becoming a New York Times Best Seller, it became a television show on Hulu that premiered at the […]

Meditating in a Time of Crisis: A “How-To” Guide in Clearing the Mind

Meditation, previously seen in the West as something more New Age than mainstream, has been around for thousands of years and is inherently the basis of most of the world’s faith systems. Meditation has seen a rise in popularity in recent years, especially in Western culture, as it has become increasingly connected with stress reduction […]

Compassion Above All Else

by Olivia Garcia Wars are won in one of two ways. Either you knock off your component with sheer brutal force or you both opt into peace treaties and compromise. But contrary to popular beliefs, we are not in a war. The Coronavirus is not an enemy we can fight with the usual tactics; like […]

Farewell, UCSB

By Andy Chau Soon, I will return to Isla Vista with only one goal in mind: to move out. Once everything is packed up and I am ready for my journey home, I will have basically ended my academic career. I would say the class of 2020 was reluctantly forced to “retire” or graduate early […]

Sustainability Saturday: Disposing Batteries–The Eco-Friendly Way

by Mia Foster (A bundle of multiple colored batteries) Currently it is considered safe to throw away single-use batteries in all states except California. However, just because it is deemed safe enough by the government does not mean it is the best option. Today I will go over how to recycle different types of batteries […]

12 Podcasts to Listen to While You’re Baking Banana Bread

by Lia Weinseiss Are you looking for something to do while you’re baking, cleaning, working out, or laying around? Is learning from Zoom University not doing enough for you? Try a podcast! With this list ranging from news podcasts to celebrity interviews to everything in between, you’re sure to find something great for the next […]

Rediscovering Reading During Quarantine

by Eleanor Kelman When I was younger, I was what adults would call a “voracious reader.” Not a day went by that I wasn’t buried in a novel. If I finished an assignment early, it was lunchtime or I simply had a free minute, I would pull my book of the week out of my […]

A Crisis Without my Mom

By Catherine Duffy Two-thousand-nine-hundred-fifty-eight kilometers, the distance between Regina, Saskatchewan and Moncton, New Brunswick. That’s how many kilometers stretch between my mom and I during this time of crisis. I didn’t think the distance would bother me. I’ve lived on my own for almost four years now since I started college, only staying at home […]

The Myth of Productivity

With the rise of COVID-19 over the past few months, ‘free time’ has become less of a rare occurrence. Many people have been laid off from their jobs or required to work from home, students have switched to online classes, and social events and gatherings have disappeared. With all of these changes, many people, including […]

The “Yellow Peril” Strikes Again?

by Andy Chau It seems that as the “yellow peril” strikes again and now, the Asian-American community has reverted back to the early days of racism and discrimination. Ever since the announcement of COVID-19 arriving in the United States, hate crimes average 100 per day with “at least 1,000 hate crimes incidents being reported against […]

Sustainability Saturday: Bulbs and Batteries

by Mia Foster Lightbulbs and batteries are such commonly used household items, they are considered essentials. By purchasing the correct light bulbs and batteries, we can decrease energy usage and the waste we send to landfills. Light Bulbs A 60-watt incandescent light bulb is the traditional style but that does not mean it is the […]

Staying Fit During a Pandemic

By Catherine Duffy Throughout my life, I had never been that into fitness. I grew up dancing five days a week, so staying active had never been something I had to worry about. However, things changed when I started university. As much as I want to deny the existence of the “Freshman fifteen” I did […]

The Senior Parade: How One Small Town is Celebrating Seniors

by Jay Abdella With the closure of lots of schools across the country, many high school seniors are seeing their senior spring dry up right in front of them. For many seniors, realizing that after eleven and a half years the inability to celebrate the last semester of high school is devastating. In my hometown […]

How to Make an Impact Without Spending a Dime

By Sophie Phillips It’s in times like these when it’s easy to feel powerless; you feel like you can’t impact a single person—much less the world. Although it’s nothing short of commendable that people are rallying together and sharing their wealth with those who need it, it’s not always feasible for people to donate their […]

The Bay Area Spotlights Local Graduates

As a graduating senior at UC Santa Barbara, my graduation has been indefinitely canceled. I say indefinitely because nobody is sure if it is still happening at a later date or if the in-person ceremony will cease to exist. There will be a virtual ceremony on June 14, the same day as the former in-person […]

Sustainability Saturdays: Staying Clean While Staying Sustainable

By Mia Foster      There are many items that have become more ubiquitous, commonly used, or appreciated since the rise of COVID-19. These products are often the first to be swept off the shelves. In the mania of panic-shopping, which is another issue in and of itself, we often forget to think about the ecological impacts […]

Reckoning with Animal Agriculture

Given the abrupt nature of this tragic pandemic, it’s easy to believe that COVID-19 was little more than a fluke. That the mistake of one poor individual eating the now infamous bat-soup from a Chinese wet market was a one-off event; an unfortunate circumstance, but one that is unlikely to happen again.  Unfortunately, the truth […]

Washington Youth for Masks: A Progress Update

by Mia Foster Washington Youth for Masks is a nonprofit fundraiser that has aimed to raise $25,000 to purchase 50,000 masks for four hospitals in Washington. While many individual people and groups are raising money to provide healthcare professionals with personal protective equipment (PPE), this initiative is particularly special; it is entirely organized and executed […]

The Importance of Global Citizenship during a Pandemic

This past winter semester I was fortunate enough to take an International Studies class that concentrated on the essential elements and important aspects of global citizenship and what exactly it means in today’s society to be considered a global citizen. As I began the course, I had a limited understanding of global citizenship and struggled […]

Money Rules Everything Around Me

When you’re a kid, you probably don’t realize the value of a dollar. My parents weren’t rich, but they were comfortable enough so that I didn’t have to work to get most of what I wanted. Even when my mom lost her job, she was able to bounce back into another completely different field. She […]

How Will We Remember COVID-19?

By Colleen Boken Throughout my time in college history and art history courses, I wondered after reading diaries, newspaper articles and other primary source materials, how would our current system of information gathering, with a massive amount of social media, a political climate unlike what has been seen before, and a radical changing of faith, […]

Power Down the Drain

By Mia Foster     You unplug your phone and pour yourself coffee. It’s a slow morning, without too much to do. While you decompress, the devices you used continue to aimlessly draw power; your phone may be unplugged and the coffee may be brewed, but they use electricity nonetheless. According to climate journalist Tatiana Schlossberg, about […]

How to Help During Quarantine

Most undergraduate students are used to a lively though packed schedule, taking a variety of classes, surrounded by different people, and striving for different goals. Although online classes continue, there is no way to replace some of the other important activities we participated in on campus, including volunteering, fundraising, and engaging with the community in […]

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Narratives of Migration

On April 22, I attended an open civil society webinar event entitled “Countering Negative Narratives on Migration”. At this event Eva Garzόn Hernandez, Migration Lead at Oxfam Intermon, presented her research and insights on the impacts of COVID-19 on migration and migrants. Responses and contributions were also offered by Alexandra Young, Director of International Migration […]

Stretching It Out: Keeping Connected Through Yoga

By Jay Abdella When gyms are closed and working out with your friends is not an option, what do you do? For myself and other students at my university, twice a week, we are treated to Zoom Yoga by my friend Melanie Adams. Adams, a certified instructor-led a power hour yoga class every Monday while […]

Passion Projects: Bridging the Gap Between Thought and Action

By Mia Foster    It is easy to feel lost and powerless during this shut-down, as we derived purpose from the daily routines we structured, the work we did, and the social lives we tended to. Without these identifying factors to cling to, a majority of us, myself included, have had difficulty reshaping our identities and […]

Sustainability Saturdays: Wine Markers for Water

By Mia Foster      The concept of a wine-marker is quite logical; as all glasses look the same, a person puts an attachment on their glass so they know which one is theirs when they put it down. I have taken to applying this principle to water glasses. In my family and many other families, all […]

Loss For Gain in Changing Times

By Amy Boyle Spring break is a time when students put a pause on academics and remind themselves to live. To college student Jennalynn Cisna, it meant a week-long trip touring Europe, but what she saw instead was a crisis beginning to unfold.  “We left for Austria March 6… came back, and everything had gone […]

What it’s Like to be an Essential Childcare Worker During the Pandemic

I am a childcare worker with children in kindergarten to grade seven. During the school year, we provide before and after school care – a morning shift of two hours and an afternoon shift of four – with day-long programs running in the summer months. Our program provides group games, creative arts, time outdoors, and […]

What to Watch During a Pandemic: Recommendations and Reviews

By Sophie Phillips and Kendall Bistretzan  A global pandemic is sweeping the globe, and what else do you have to do while sitting at home, besides work? Luckily for you, you have the entire internet, cable, and streaming services like Netflix at your disposal. Now, one question remains: what do you watch when the danger […]

A Decade of Programs: the Importance of Music

  By Molly Rosenfeld You might have seen the “10 Day Performer/Artist Challenge” circling on Social Media. “Every day, select an image from a day in the life of a Performer/Artist: A photo from a day you felt fierce or a memorable moment you’ve had during a practice/performance/show, or anything else meaningful to you. Be […]

Quarantine Activity: Learning a New Language

During my first year of university, I enrolled in a beginner Spanish course at the University of Saskatchewan. I had always wanted to learn Spanish, despite my inability to roll my R’s, but I had never had the time. Throughout the class, I developed my Spanish vocabulary and grammar skills, but as the course drew […]

Welcome to Sustainability Saturdays!

By Mia Foster  As we are constantly inundated with news about imminent climate change, Greenhouse Gas emissions, and waste, it is often easy to feel hopeless in aiding the fight against climate change. While it can feel like we are the victims of the corruption of corporations and government inaction on the climate crisis, we […]

Paying for the Essentials

How fortunate is it that I am still allowed to go to work during this pandemic? I am deemed an ‘essential employee’ – laughs – in this time of crisis, though I am nothing more than a barista at my local drive-thru only coffee shop. Fortunately, my risk of exposure to COVID-19 is very low. […]

Helping By Talking

COVID-19 has had disastrous impacts on college students’ mental health. Students now must figure out the next five months of their lives as colleges have forced people to return home or stay in one place. For many people, just being isolated can exacerbate anxiety and depression. For myself, I handle my anxiety by talking to […]

Reflections from Small Town New England

By Colleen Boken: If you have ever traveled on the train between Boston and New York, chances are you have stopped briefly in the small city of New London, Connecticut. Located on the glistening shores of Long Island Sound, New London is home to the US Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut College, Mitchell College, and a […]

Dealing With the Economy

By Madison Kirkpatrick When you’re a young kid in grade or middle school, you probably don’t realize the value of a dollar. My parents weren’t rich, but they were comfortable enough so that I didn’t have to work to get most of what I wanted. Even when my mom lost her job, she was able […]

What It Was Really Like to Study Abroad During a Pandemic

By Rebecca Goldfarb Growing up, I felt so trapped socially. I went to school with the same 150 people since kindergarten and was always looked at as “quiet, shy, and boring” by high school classmates, no matter how much I tried to lose that image. Day after day, I felt like I was constantly living […]

Living in Italy as an American During COVID-19

By Carmiya Baskin It’s springtime in Florence, Italy. Rays of sunlight peek out from behind the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, the Arno River sways peacefully in the light breeze, and the typically bustling Piazza Signoria is void of human activity. This year, the atmosphere is charged not with the serenity that comes before the […]

We Come Together

We come together in creative ways.  At the beginning of this pandemic, I had no perspective.  The only image I was ever able to create in my mind was this broken unrecognizable reality.  Globally, nothing was the way it was, and there was a major shift in everyday reality for everyday people.  Simultaneously, all of […]

School Closures and the Senior Class

by Mia Foster As of April 10th, 19 states have extended school closures through the end of the school year, and all 50 states have currently mandated school closures, but not all have been extended through the spring (Nagel). These closures are imperative to efforts to flatten the curve, but the impacts on students’ academic […]

The Smell of Spring

I have a distaste for the smell of spring.  I know there was a time when it was different, and I cling to these memories with all my might. Wearing wind pants and blue rubber boots and sloshing about in the puddles that overtook the path behind my childhood home. Marveling at the consistency of […]

The Impact of COVID On My Academics

Seemingly overnight, the American academic system shifted for the worse due to COVID. Classes moved to fully remote instruction and students were forced to use their resources in order to succeed. Not everybody has the necessary resources, though. My laptop doesn’t work anymore and my best friend doesn’t have a laptop. It seems like this […]

Washington Youth for Masks: Youth Uniting for Protective Equipment

By Mia Foster      Teenagers are often characterized as apathetic and self-interested, and this generalization has been amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic. TikTok videos of teens licking toilets or making racist jokes about the virus took the internet by storm, as well as infuriating reports of irresponsible teens treating school closures as an opportunity to spend […]