In this interview, Emily Tunkel, Brown University class of 2019, discusses their time at Brown and shares their experiences living through the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Tunkel begins by talking about some of the work they did during their time at Brown, including at the Office of Residential Life and with Brown Motion Pictures. They reminisce about quiet places they found throughout campus, the Avon showing a movie they made, and seeing a barbershop quartet at Campus Dance. They also explain their path from being an astronomy and mathematics concentrator to becoming a data analyst for a healthcare consulting firm.
Speaking specifically about COVID-19, Tunkel recalls first learning about the virus through the Dear Blueno Facebook page, a page where students can anonymously post questions and concerns. They also explain that their father is a Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at Brown and that his calm response to the virus helped them remain calm as well. They remember first learning about Brown’s transition to online learning and saying goodbye to their friends as their friends left campus. Tunkel also discusses managing polyamorous relationships while social distancing. They go on to explain some of the changes including new methods of grocery shopping and everyone wearing masks while out in public. In the end, Tunkel emphasizes their pride in how Rhode Island and Governor Gina Raimondo have handled the pandemic and reassuring listeners that the pandemic will end eventually.