Ch. 11: Birthday in Quarantine

Keeping Up with King’s follows the lives of King’s students as they transition to online learning for the rest of the semester. Many have moved back home with family until the summer, some have stayed in the city, others are staying with friends, but all are adjusting to new lifestyles.  

Today’s story follows freshman Brianna Jacobs, a Journalism, Culture, and Society major in the house of Margaret Thatcher. Before King’s went online, Brianna lived in campus housing in Brooklyn. Like many of her peers, she went home for Spring Break and ended up staying with her family for the rest of the semester. She is currently with her parents and younger sister in Orlando, Florida. 

Brianna is thankful that she got to spend Easter with her family this year! She shared that her family has a tradition of watching the Ten Commandments movie every Easter. She was going to miss it because of staying on campus, but going home gave her the opportunity to continue the tradition. 

In her spare time, Brianna has been watching shows like Gossip Girl and The Good Place, doing a bit of painting, and gaining a steady Tiktok following (what started out as a joke for fun has turned into a hobby with a 5k following!). 

One thing Brianna misses after the campus closure is her work on the events committee this year. They had put in a lot of planning for spring formal and will not get to see the magical evening everyone anticipated! It was also very different to celebrate her birthday without her friends. Brianna shares that it’s important to grieve the things that were lost, but not to dwell on them. Rather, her positive attitude shined through her words, even when she remembered her losses! She is hoping to publish a piece about her other friends who celebrated birthdays in quarantine as well. 

Know someone whose birthday has recently passed? Share this post with them for some quarantine birthday support!

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