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SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong with his brother, Danny Chong, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York City for more than three weeks.

Dr. Chong is in the house (literally!)

May 29, 2020

Life in the pandemic has been nothing like business as usual! Like others I have grown accustomed to a life unlike anything I have ever experienced  in my lifetime. First, on the personal side: I have spent more time in my backyard than I ever h...

Working in a psych facility during a pandemic

Working in a psych facility during a pandemic

May 23, 2020

It’s 6 a.m. and the sun is still not up. I gather my glasses, car keys, work keys and I’m on my way out. I can’t forget my mask. I make my 30-minute commute to Novato where I work. I can't forget my mask. I open the door, head to the back for my t...

Being Positive Over The Pandemic

Being Positive Over The Pandemic

May 21, 2020

My name is Ivania Monterroso, I have been at the JC for 3 years. I started in an ESL noncredit class and now I am an ESL10 transfer-level English student. I’m married with two kids. My daughter is 16 years old and my son is 6 years old. When we started...

Learning From This Pandemic

Learning From This Pandemic

May 21, 2020

Etsubdink Alemu is a first-year college student at SRJC All I hear and see everywhere is about coronavirus. This pandemic changed every plan I had for the summer and spring break. I had exciting plans to visit Texas with friends and visit with famil...

Adjusting to A New Change

Adjusting to A New Change

May 21, 2020

Marlene Zavala is from El Salvador and attends SRJC.   I’ve been looking forward to my ESL graduation since I started to learn English at Maxine Waters, a public school in Los Angeles in 2017. I can’t forget my first teachers and their...

Eric Peña is a second-year ESL student at SRJC.

The ways I change in quarantine

May 21, 2020

Two month have passed since people were talking about how spend their time during spring break, but the plans changed. Spring break was different from others days because of the virus pandemic. The normal days transform in just days. It doesn't matter...

Feeling Sick In A Pandemic

Feeling Sick In A Pandemic

May 20, 2020

Since the shelter-in-place started, it has been difficult to cope. I used to be able to go hiking with my friends, I used to be able to take face to face classes, and I used to work about twelve hours a week. But now, everything is the opposite. I can’t go...

What’s going on in 2020?

What’s going on in 2020?

May 20, 2020

CoronaVirus is something really scary happening at the moment. The virus is in the air, killing people, making people suffer and so much more. It affects so many people including myself. People can’t go to work normally and people can’t go out with...

Ashley Hancock is an SRJC freshman.

Needing Surgery During a Pandemic

May 20, 2020

When I heard that there would be a drastic change in lifestyle due to the pandemic, I shuddered in my own skin. I knew that I was suffering from health problems that were making life unbelievably hard to live. I was on track to get surgery on May 28th,...

People's Thoughts About the Coronavirus Pandemic

People’s Thoughts About the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 20, 2020

I am a student in English as a second language (ESL 100) at SRJC. This is the end of my first year at college. I conducted a survey in order to know the thoughts of people about this crisis. When t...

Sousiva Ing is a first-year SRJC student.

Rapid change, disbelief

May 20, 2020

This pandemic has caused more change than anyone could have ever expected. Things like this don’t always seem to be so concerning until suddenly it flips your whole life around. It changes your whole lifestyle and restricts you from doing the things you u...

Gallery: Quarantine Shopping

Gallery: Quarantine Shopping

May 20, 2020

James Cornell is a Santa Rosa Junior College junior and owner of Jasher Photography. He submitted this photo story titled "Quarantine Shopping" detailing his family's intricate process for buying, sanitizing and storing groceries during the pandemic....

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