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On Being a Mother With a Daughter in College During COVID-19

A short essay based on conversations with my daughter. As a faculty member, being at home during the COVID-19 pandemic has not been difficult for me. I am an introvert, despite what people may assume, and I love solitude. I navigate crises well and tend to do my best work during the most difficult periods of my life. I’m not a fan of phone calls or Zoom meetings, but I do them as they are vital for being in touch with students, faculty colleagues, and collaborators across the