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Kean University 2021, The Network

How Do I Look? Tired. How Do I Feel? Tired.

While beginning virtual learning, I always thought to myself, “Why does this feel much harder than if classes were in person?” To this day, I am still wondering why. When reading “The Zoom Gaze” and “Why We’re Exhausted by Zoom,” it was clear that others hold the same sentiments as me. The first half of Autumn Caines tied closely with my experiences on Zoom. I can recall the first week of online instruction being terrible. For every class, I was […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

Three Sides to a Story (the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)

I know numerous individuals who have gotten story ideas from their surroundings. During the holiday season, before COVID-19 hit, my family and I would go to the mall to complete last-minute Christmas shopping but also to watch individuals scatter around. Often, we begin to create life stories for the individuals we see and add to it action by action. This reminded me of the Exquisite Corpse Game. I must admit that I had to take a peek at the story, […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

Hybrid Hospitality

While reading “Intentionally Equitable Hospitality in Hybrid Video Dialogue: The context of virtually connecting” I found that this is an article that educators should read. As we have now reached a full year of virtual instruction, one may believe that they are aware of the difficulties that hybrid instruction brings, but it is clear that some are aware yet tend to dismiss the difficulties. As we begin to reopen, the article discusses the challenges in hybrid settings and the push […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

Do You Really Care?

I immediately resonated with the opening paragraph of Gabriela Saldanha’s, “The Post Pandemic University and the Caring Gap.” As lockdown began, I can recall scrolling through my social media accounts only to continuously view others stating, “this is the time to find yourself,” “you have no excuse to not tackle the new hobby you’ve always wanted,” and “there are so many opportunities to still make money.” Perhaps, there was some truth to these statements for individuals like me, but Saldanha […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

An Interesting Ride

When scheduling my courses for the Spring 2021 semester, I was unsure of what I wanted my third class to be. Truly speaking, I was confused about what this class would entail. When Dr. Zamora provided us insight last semester, I didn’t know if this course would be the right fit for me. I then realized “the right fit” usually consisted of a class that I was familiar with, thought would be easy, and wouldn’t challenge me. I decided to […]

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