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Frequently Asked Questions


  • I want to submit a diary/journal entry but not sure what I should write about. 
    • Your entries can vary on what you want to talk about that capture what it’s like to be living in this moment of time.  Our lives went from having a set normal to being completely disrupted almost overnight. Write about the good moments and the bad moments.  Our goal is to show the impact that a global pandemic has on our day to day and week to week lives.  
    • Some possible topics:
      • What is it like to have your normal day to day routine completely altered?
      • What was it like to be a study abroad student during this time period?
      • How did it feel to have to leave school and return home?
      • What is like to be under a shelter at home order?
      • How has it felt to practice social distancing?
      • What effect has this had on your day to day life?
      • How has this affected your research projects?
      • How have your classes changed?
      • What is like to be home with kids trying to work or go to school?
      • What has it been like to go out in public right now?
      • How has it been to go to the grocery store?
  • Can I upload my diary/journal entries as a separate document?
    • Yes.  If you type up your diary/journal entry using a word processor we recommend that you export the file out as a PDF, which will help us with long-term preservation.  You can also upload most standard word processing formats.  

Uploading Items

  • I submitted material but I don’t see it on the site. Do I need to submit again?
    • The administrators of the site have to approve all contributions before they appear on the public page.  If you have not seen your contribution in 48 hours, please use the contact us page so that we can check to see if there was an issue. The administrators also will not make public any content that does not fit the digital archive scope or if the material contains offensive content.

  • I need to change something I said in my submission. How do I do that?
    • Reach out to us using the Contact Us page letting us know what changes you would like to see.