Defining Moments 2020

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    How Covid-19 has affected so many and the inspirational story of my Grandfather
    (2020-09-05) Weed, Zorina
    My paper was about how Covid-19 affected my life personally and so many others. 2020 was a very painful year and I am so grateful that I had the support to get through it physically and mentally. My heart goes out to everyone who lost someone. Just know you are not alone and we are in this together. The second part of my paper was about my grandfather's work at NASA.
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    Defining Moments
    (2020-09-28) Borges, Maria E Pabon
    How covid 19 has impact me and created a defining moment in my life.
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    Blankets to Masks
    (2020-09-06) Brumblay, Cameron
    My mother is a nurse and during the height of the pandemic she made masks.
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    (2020-09-06) Palissery, Jeslin
    This journal entry is about how my 2020 was affected by the pandemic and how everything changed.
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    An Unforgettable Year: 2020
    (2020-09-26) Marquez, Andrea J.
    "An Unforgettable Year: 2020" is about the way 2020 affected me and family/friends. The year I graduated high school turned so dark, with a virus that killed at least 4 million people worldwide today. Not only did we go through the expeditious spread of coronavirus but it was also a time with fear and violence, especially caused by police brutality. 2020 was the year where more people were slowly educating themselves more on progressive issues and advocating human rights, all while trying to survive the pandemic.
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    Trials Transform
    (2020-09-20) Purifoy, Cameron
    This piece helped students dream and still continue to express how we have been dealing with he hardships of school-social life during the pandemic. The paragraph sums up my sophomore-junior year of college a very challenging and stretching year. Altogether the paragraph reveals the faith in the beginning and how God really transformed my heart and mind, bringing me through the semester!
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    The COVID-19 Pandemic: My Story
    (2020-09-28) Isbell, Cassie
    A look at how the COVID-19 Pandemic affected my family and myself during the first six months of this life-changing event.
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    Life As I Knew It
    (2020-08-30) Piering, Taylor
    This essay is about looking inward and to the past for confirmation that everything is going to be okay in one of the darkest years of my life.
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    Objects & Reflections
    (2020-12-01) Vega, Joe Raymond
    This piece is a reflection of Human Rights broken down into basic geometric shapes. The piece focuses on the contrast between light and dark, yin and yang, and the value of everything in between. Using sound and visuals that have a heightened contrast and generating an environmental space for objects to live together in looped harmony.
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    Our Journey
    (2020-08-25) Ortiz, Stephanie
    My project consists of my life during the pandemic and the changes I had to undergo alongside the story of my grandparents and the changes they had to phase in earlier years.
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    The Burning
    (2020-10-01) Hernandez, Moises; Cano, Robert
    The intention of this poem was to give the reader a visceral description of what hate and anxiety can do to an individual. How it can manifest itself into this living breathing monster that only knows pain and suffering.
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    2020, America Revealed
    (2020-12-10) Dehoyos, Toni
    The 2020 pandemic hit and a lot of things changed and thousands of people were against guidelines and mandates, turning a blind eye to something very serious. I was inspired to create a print for depicting America and Americans as whole as careless and selfish. We preach unity and safety from others yet still find ways to build a wall and politics plays a big part in it. In my piece I chose Uncle Sam as my subject matter as he is the symbol for America. Uncle Sam is shown as a bust being carried by a person who is divided into two representing division in our country as well as Uncle Sam wearing his mask improperly as a way to signify America’s poor execution in handling the virus only to be met halfway.
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    The Walls Stare Back
    (2020-12-10) Jimenez, Lily
    This picture is inspired by my recent trials in a 2-week quarantine. Essentially trapped by the walls of my room with no opportunity of leaving my space, the idea of being confined overrode my thoughts. As I analyzed the area in which I had become so used to over two weeks, I noticed the physical and metaphorical busyness of a room with three doors all placed within mere feet of each other. Despite these doors' presence and the cliché metaphor of doors being a symbol of opportunity, they appeared warped in my mind, slowly encroaching upon my space and tightening my perceived bubble of comfort. The ceiling speaks a similar story; when I stared at it, it felt as if it was looking back at me as it inched closer, further pressing me between itself and the walls. The structure of the room engulfs the viewer with its entrancing, warping lines.
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    Personal Bubble
    (2020-12-12) Ortiz, Christian; Divina, Noreena
    The project's purpose is to make an outside theater dedicated to the comfortability of an individual and the focus on how to make the theater's sound performance high quality. It also follows our current situation on regards to social distancing.
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    It's all the same
    (2020) Herrera, Madeline
    This print was inspired by personal accounts, rooted in those around my life and general themes of isolation that many faced in 2020. As I absorbed the projects did themes of loss, mental struggles and a sense of chaos come to the forefront. The feeling of being in the between, as time almost withering away while daily responsibilities became an overwhelming background noise to a world on fire.
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    In Time: A Performance Pavilion for Reconnecting and Sharing Experience
    (2020-12-11) O'Leary, Janay Blancarte; Estrada, Guadalupe
    This space was designed by Janay Blancarte O'Leary and Guadalupe Estrada, This performance pavilion is a meeting place that encourages congregation and socialization, and it promotes health both in body and mind through the use of flexible spaces with movable and expandable elements such as walls, windows, stage, and seating areas to accommodate uses and allow for natural ventilation. The character of this performance pavilion will respond to the shared sentiments of UTSA students through their expressions of isolation, loss of connection and camaraderie with friends and family, loss of loved ones to Covid, and loss of financial security.
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    (2020-12-08) Estrada, Angel; Maredia, Simran
    We chose to base our design off of personal issues and the emotional rollercoaster that the entire world has been going through. We read over the poem, “The Burning” and we loved how it explored emotions at a deeper and intense level. We want our design to express intensity and serve as a reminder of the emotions we all felt on a personal level throughout 2020.
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    Defining Moment- Christopher Blevins
    (2020-11) Blevins, Christopher
    It is a story of myself and some defining moments in my life followed by defining moments in my ancestors life, the ancestor being my father.
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    The Disturbance
    (2020-10-22) Bradley, Hannah
    The Disturbance is about the hardship and hope that surrounds the events of the pandemic.
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    (2020-12-10) Vilches, Itzel
    In a pandemic, our physical belongings aren't the only thing we should frequently wipe clean from viruses. With every notification and news headline, my headspace became contaminated with thoughts of anxiety, doubt, and fear of the future. I was inspired by a poem of a fellow UTSA student.