Coping with COVID

A photo essay by UAA students

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in different ways, and the students of University of Alaska Anchorage are no exception. Since the advent of this ubiquitous public health crisis, students have faced numerous obstacles to their education. From the difficulties of navigating a closed campus and an online class-based course load, to coping with the social isolation of quarantine, or just trying to figure out their futures in an uncertain and tumultuous time, it hasn’t always been easy. But they have found a way to persevere through it all.

This photo essay, created by the students of UAA Professor Tim Remick’s photojournalism class, depicts the student’s perspective of this trying period. The striking black and white images tell a story of life and learning in the time of social isolation. Snapshots like those of life lived with a mask on, games or activities to occupy the lonely hours, or longing gazes through the window, stuck on the inside looking out at a world that health restrictions bar them from entering capture the melancholy and, at times, morose mood that has marred the last couple years. But there are also rays of hope. The warmth of the sun glimmering off freshly fallen snow or the comforting words of a loved one help to remind us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

A student stares out the window, stuck inside during a longer period of social isolation.
One student played games of cribbage nearly every day throughout quarantine.
The warming rays of morning sunshine (above) or the well wishes of loved ones provide comfort and reassurance even in difficult times.
The snow covered Alaska Airlines Center served as a vaccination site during the pandemic