The Middlebury Off-Campus Project

EMMA BROWN

The Middlebury Off-Campus Project

On March 10, Middlebury students received a life-altering e-mail: “Following spring break, students who can will be expected to remain at home and not return to campus until further notice.” Many had not anticipated such extreme measures in response to the viral outbreak so soon. But within days of the college’s announcement, as the virus began to sweep across the country, it became clear that we were entering a once-in-a-century period of upheaval and isolation.

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Through this project, we’re hoping to give voice to the despair and hope precipitated by the interruption of campus life, even while we’re all quarantining in different corners of the globe.

As a college newspaper, we feel an obligation to go on. We are determined to continue telling your stories, no matter how many thousands of miles away we are from one another. We will try to retain as much of a sense of the Middlebury community as we can.

The Middlebury Off-Campus Project is a compilation of these stories — from students, employees, alumni and residents of Addison County — chronicling this surreal time.

We will publish the submissions we’ve received in phases. The first round was gathered from members of the class of 2020 and 2020.5, graduating seniors whose final semesters were truncated by the viral outbreak; it was published on April 13. The second round was published on April 20 and the third was published on April 28. These two phases feature various individuals from the Middlebury community. On May 8, we featured the stories of nine international students in partnership with the International Students Organization (ISO). And this most recent round was published on May 22, after classes have ended and this unusual spring semester has ground to a halt. Stay tuned for more stories as we publish submissions weekly.

We also teamed up with the folks working on Middlebury’s Engaged Listening Project for the first-ever Off-Campus Podcast. Give it a listen on Stitcher or Spotify.

Do you want to take part in this historic project? We will accept stories all semester. Submit your story here.

Introduction by Amelia Pollard ’20 and graphics by Emma Brown ’21.

Simone Kraus in Germany and the Czech Republic
John Barstow in Middlebury, Vermont
Ruhamah Tess Weil ‘21 in Chicago, Illinois
Michael Wasserstein ’21 in Middlebury, Connecticut
Kat Cyr ‘11 in Ferrisburgh, Vermont
Timothy Castner ’93.5 in Massachusetts
Jennifer Bleich in Middlebury, Vermont
Shahmeer Chaudhary ’21 in Dubai, UAE
Rain Ji ’23 in Beijing, China
Paula Somoza ‘21.5 in São Paulo, Brazil
Nicole Le Mesurier ’21 in Singapore
Miraal Naseer ’21 in Hamburg, Germany
Masud Tyree Lewis ’22 in Middlebury, Vermont
M. Faisal Hussain ’21 in Karachi, Pakistan
Florence Wu ’22 in Auckland, New Zealand
Arthur Martins ‘22.5 in Brasilia, Brazil
Keith Chatinover ’22.5 in Edgartown, Massachusetts (Martha’s Vineyard)
Katelyn Mei ’22 in Brooklyn, New York
Kaleb Patterson ‘21.5 in Stanwood, Washington
Genevieve Herron ’23 in Westford, New York
Diane Meyer Lowman ’81  in Westport, Connecticut
Charlotte Sullivan in Starksboro, Vermont
Sarah King in Ripton, Vermont
Masha Makutonina ’21 in Odessa, Ukraine
Elizabeth Drake ’03 in South Bend, Indiana
Daniel Tétreault ’20 in Gifford Hall, Middlebury, Vermont
Amy Prescott ’12 in Arlington, Virginia
Alexander Herrera in Ciudad de México, Mexico and New York, New York
Monica Galbraith ’20 in Boston, Massachusetts
Spencer Feinstein ‘20.5 in Peru, Vermont
Marisa Edmondson ’20 in Paonia, Colorado
Will O’Neal ’20 in Westford, Massachusetts
Tenzin Dorjee ’20 in New York, New York
Catherine Blizzard ’20 in Nashville, Tennessee
Sean Meagher ’20 in Stowe, Vermont
Catherine Blayze ’20 in Northern Ireland, UK
Becca Gorman ’20 in Sudbury, Massachusetts
John Gosselin ’20 in Winchester, Massachusetts
The Middlebury Off-Campus Project Map