Quarantine Stories From the 

Graduate Student Community

When shelter-in-place orders went into effect throughout the United States, many of us felt isolated and disoriented. To find out more about the strategies graduate students have been using to cope during the pandemic, our social media sub-committee collected stories of resilience, optimism, and hope through our social media channels. Check out these amazing contributions from members of the graduate student community!  


Yunjung (Eunice) Nam

“Hello, AAAL Grads! While staying at home, I have been working on the 'Home Cafe' project--in preparation for a potential second job in addition to an applied linguist. 😀 I have been making diverse kinds of coffee, tea lattes, and fruit juice. It has been a great therapy for my tired soul and body!”  


Xian (Jan) Li

“Hi, everyone! I fostered a cat (Frankie) when the whole shelter-in-place thing started. She has been the best supervisor to my study and a great company during this unusual time. I ended up adopting her last month. Super grateful for this furry colleague.”


Selahattin Yilmaz

"Hello, AAAL world! I am Selahattin Yilmaz, a Ph.D. candidate in applied linguistics at Georgia State University, Atlanta. Thanks to the awesome GSC team, I get to share with you some photos of my cooking and a little bit about me.


Currently, I'm working on finishing my dissertation. And since I've been spending more time at home than usual with the pandemic, I've been able to cook and bake quite often. I'm generally interested in finding ways to make traditional recipes healthier, which, I think, has helped me stay healthy and challenged during the lockdown. I hope you like the photos here from some of my cooking that I usually post on my cooking Instagram account (@myworldoftastes).


Stay safe and healthy as we have many more amazing AAAL conferences to have."


Qian Wan

"Hello! I’m Qian and this is my furry friend, Riley, a gray domestic shorthair bilingual cat. He enjoys chasing after his toys and reading linguistics papers beside my computer. I’m so happy to have been staying with him during this lockdown and we hope everyone will stay safe and well! 😀" 


Tianfang (Sally) Wang

"Hi, AAALGrads! During the pandemic, cooking helps me to stay calm and eat healthy. I made a few of my favorite dishes and shared some of them with my friends."