Before COVID-19 struck us here in the U.S., I was still debating on what college I would declare to attend by Decision Day, but there was one thing that I knew for sure would occur to me no matter where I decided to go: I am super awkard and shy so it’s always usually pretty hard for me to interact with strangers and make acquaintances and/or friends right away. However, COVID made its grand and unwelcomed appearance and suddenly whatever that “traditional college freshman year experience” is was completely revamped. Whatever little insignificant expectation I had—such as “I’m going to get lost trying to find my classes”—was thrown out the window. So, basically my only expectation still standing was “it’s going to be awkard and tough meeting new people and making friends”, even more so given that all my classes were through zoom regardless of my geographical status living on campus that first semester. As expected, I did not make more than one new (1) friend and one (1) new solid acquaintance who I felt comfortable and not awkard interacting with. I’ve grown up, preferring to be solo most of the time, yet something about living in a place that I had previously seen pictures of, with crowds of people, and feeling confined to my dorm room by myself made feelings of isolation skyrocket—surpassing my expectation of “loneliness”.
I had lots of trouble crafting my narrative. First off, I did not even know what to write about—to make up a scenario or to go with something based on personal experience? i decided to go through my photos first and see if I could get some inspiration and surely, I did. Yet, again, it always has to do with sky pictures with me, so at first, I was planning on writing about my trips to my house’s rooftop to view the sunsets. But, upon coming across a photo I took at the lonely Quad last semester—photo that I really like too—I knew I wanted to use it and split it for my three panels. At first, I was not able to figure out an efficient way to split my photo evenly and adding the text, until I remembered two apps I used before: one to split a panorama photo so I could post it on instagram “completely” and Phonto to add the text on the images. Coming up with the “caption” was the next challenging thing. Having selected the photo, thinking back to the emotions I had that day I took it, I knew I wanted to write about that topic but I wasn’t sure how to convey it, so I pondered over it for a while, until I decided to just make it the simplest I could. Crafting this triptych it felt very similar to the process of creating my literative narrative comic rough draft; I had to think about the choice of wording and the choice of frame—I purposely cropped my photo so the chair would be on a panel by its own—to convey my story.