“Our Stories: Summer 2020” is a photographic and reflective undergraduate student-based project that hopes to document our present times through the eyes, voice, and language of our students.
The FIU Honors College and the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab had the idea of sending a small group of students a disposable camera to give them the opportunity to show us a glimpse into their life this summer.
Students were asked to capture their day-to-day life in just 27 exposures, write a reflection about their experience, and join us on a podcast episode to debrief everything that happened these past few months during a global pandemic, nationwide protests, presidential election, and more.
Our students reflect on moments like managing their mental health, being stuck in different countries away from their family, activism during COVID-19, the fourth of July 2020, what the first few months of quarantine felt like, black lives matter protests happening around the country, and more.
These are their stories.
"Life" by Emily Silverio-Williams
Today we are joined by another amazing Honors College student, Emily Silverio-Williams! On this episode we discuss Emily's artistic inclination and how it's helped her through her time during the pandemic, her experience using the disposable camera and not seeing the finished result, feeling a "lack of control" during the events of this summer, trying to convey her emotions through the images she was capturing, taking advantage of life's "accidents", and more!
"Perfect Timing" by Alhanna Camacho
On this episode we are joined by Alhanna Camacho, an incredible student with a great eye for capturing heartwarming images. On this episode we talk to Alhanna about turning 21 during quarantine, rekindling old friendships while reflecting this past summer, getting tear-gassed at local protests for the Black Lives Matter Movement, appreciating the little moments in life, and MORE!
"Eclectic" by Katherine Wong
On this episode we talk to Katherine Wong! FIU student who is currently a Radio Host at FIU's student-run radio station "The Roar"! On this episode we talk to Katherine about how music played a huge role in her life during the start of the pandemic, how it felt living at home with her parents again after leaving on-campus housing, what it feels like living in a real-life puzzle museum, how her time in quarantine has felt like a 70's fever-dream, and more!
"The Beauty of Uncertainty" by Claudia Hernandez
On this episode we talk to Claudia Hernandez, another amazing student leader on campus and in the Honors community! We discuss her situation being stuck away from her family in Peru as an international student, how she found comfort in friendships with other international students from FIU, the way she reacted to the Trump Administration's notice regarding International Students from earlier this summer, seeing the world change around her during COVID-19, and MORE!
"Summer 2020" by Lidia Llompart
On this episode, we talk to Lidia Llompart a freshman student at FIU and with Honors! We discuss ending high school during COVID-19, missing those crucial coming-of-age moments like prom, how students like Lidia across the country coped with these losses, spending quiet afternoons walking around her neighborhood, and looking towards the start of her college journey at FIU.
"The Struggle is Real" by Wen-Ju Chien
On this episode we are joined by an FIU graduate student, Wen-Ju Chien! On this episode we discuss the feeling of loneliness during COVID-19, dealing with mental health during the quarantine, finding peace in spending time with yourself, the importance of making art, and Wen-Ju's journey in adopting a dog right at the start of quarantine!