Hello! My name is Hannah and I am one of the student assistants who works in the Honors Office. Many of you may already know me from the office or shared Honors classes, but I’m about to start my final quarter to complete my degree in Political Science. This fall will be my last quarter at DePaul and as a Student Assistant for the Honors Program, but I’ve spent the past two years working with Jennifer, Nancy, Elizabeth and so many other amazing honors office staff.
Since DePaul’s campus and much of Chicago closed down in March, the majority of my work for the office has been behind the scenes – with Anissa, Elizabeth, and myself working together to create an online version of the Honors Conference for student research. I’ve been doing that work from my home in Lexington, North Carolina, where I’m living with my mom and stepdad and our dog Rufus. Since my return, I’ve used my free time to pursue hobbies that are all pro-social distancing, something that’s much easier in a town of 13,000 people rather than in a city of 2 million. I’ve successfully planted an herb garden, started to learn how to knit, and worked on embroidery projects. Outside of those, I spend most of my time reading and hanging out with my dog. When it’s not too hot outside he and I go on long walks on the walking trails in the public park by our house or sit in the backyard in the sun. Since quarantine began I’ve been keeping up with my friends as much as I can through video-calls (and sometimes just text because… zoom), but the majority of my social interaction comes from commiserating with my sister who lives in Scotland, where lockdown is much stricter and police enforced and she lives alone with her two rats.
While, like many others, I won’t be on campus this fall to see anyone in person, I hope you all have a great quarter wherever you are.