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TCC in Quarantine series allows students to share their experiences during COVID-19 pandemic

TCC newspaper helping themselves, and others, while quarantined
Posted at 11:29 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 11:17:30-04

TALLAHASSE, Fla. (WTXL) — 'TCC in Quarantine' is a series created for The Talon, Tallahassee Community College's newspaper.

It's a way for students to write about issues in their lives due to the coronavirus pandemic and show others they are not alone.

Writing for themselves and others is what Anandah Brandy, co-editor of the Talon, wants students to do while social distancing.

"We want students to write about their issues, so that other students on campus can relate to them, or we can help each other out as a community," Brandy said.

One of the students writing is Kaitlyn Connell. She was scheduled to go to France with her ballet group in July; however, the trip was canceled.

"My director at my dance studio, she had an original story ballet written, and we were going to go over to France and perform it," Connell said.

Connell says dance is a way for her to express herself. She also dances at Wildwood Ballet, but its closed until August.

With the trip canceled and Wildwood Ballet closed, Connell is expressing herself through writing.

"Just finding other creative things to do to get my mind off stuff," said Connell, "and just kind of take advantage of this time."

"Everyone, right now, is feeling alone in self-quarantine," Brandy said. "So we would like them to have a voice so that others can hear them as well, from home."

While at home, writers are doing their best to keep things in perspective.

"Some people got laid off from their jobs permanently," said Connell. "And comparing it to what I have going on, what I have going on is minor to what could've happened to my family and my friends."

She hopes her stories will bring a little bit of hope to her peers.

If you'd like to write about your experiences for the Talon or read others' experiences, just head to their website.