Aditya Shrivastava recalls his uncertainty when he first heard about the COVID-19 pandemic and wondered how it would affect Princeton High School, which ultimately shut down and switched to virtual learning. Aditya has been staying home with his parents and brother and keeps in contact with his friends and family online.
Mulin Huan, a sophomore at Princeton High School (PHS), recalls first hearing about the COVID-19 pandemic on Chinese news media. As a Chinese American, Mulin notes that he has long kept up with both Chinese and American news sources, something that continues through the pandemic. Once PHS shut down, he notes that it was a
Michelle Brown, a junior at Princeton High School (PHS), learned about COVID-19 in November 2019. She had traveled back to Princeton from China just before the first few cases were reported in China. The virus seemed to become a local issue when Princeton University reported cases in the spring of 2020. Since PHS switched to
Stephanie Moon, a Princeton High School (PHS) student, shares that in the early spring she was not sure how the COVID-19 pandemic would affect school and the Princeton community. She started to worry after she heard about local cases and PHS closed for the school year. In her day-to-day life at home, Stephanie can set
Pranav Guhathakurta, a Princeton High School student, remembers hearing news reports out of China in early March regarding the spread of COVID-19. He started to worry about the local situation when there were confirmed cases in the New York area and then in New Jersey. Pranav reflects on the switch to online schooling and staying
Sophia Lis, a sophomore at Princeton High School, shares her experiences of first hearing about COVID-19 in school and then realizing it was serious when her competitive soccer team’s practices were canceled until further notice. Staying at home with her parents, two sisters, and new dog has been a good bonding experience for the family.
Princetonians Cynthia and Mason Chessler share that they first heard about COVID-19 in early January 2020 as they prepared for a trip to Bornea, which they ultimately did go on. When the situation seemed serious in March, Cynthia and Mason canceled a number of upcoming trips. They reflect on how stressful it has been to
Christina Hu, a Princeton High School (PHS) student, shares that she first heard about COVID-19 early in 2020. It started to seem like a local emergency in the middle of March, when PHS shut down and converted to online learning. Christina speaks about her experiences being at home with her parents and four siblings, saying
Princeton High School (PHS) student Nicholas van der Schaar shares how he had heard about the coronavirus in early 2020, but only when PHS shut down in mid-March did it feel like a local emergency. He notes that every day now feels like a Saturday because he has a lot of free time, even with
Chiara and Livia Goldenstern share their thoughts about the COVID-19 pandemic. They share how they first heard about the virus through the news and from other students at Princeton High School. They reflect on how their day-to-day lives have changed with switching from in-person classes at Princeton High School to all virtual classes and schoolwork.