From our Fall Magazine, Hannah serves the homebound during the pandemic.
For Hannah Newman '22, this year was meant to be one on the move - a summer away in a Spanish immersion program; a fall cross country season; road trips to her top choice colleges, just to see what it would be like to study there long before she needed to apply.
Instead, much of her year has been spent sitting still, learning from a distance in her bedroom. Rather than resist the change, Hannah chose to examine it, not just from her own perspective, but also from the perspective of those who do not choose to be homebound.
This summer, Hannah became a teen ambassador for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, a non-profit organization that provides meals and support services to senior citizens. In addition to meal packing, she learned about non-profit leadership during webinars and, as a final project, organized a wax candle sale fundraiser for Meals on Wheels.
“There are even more people who have become homebound (because of the pandemic),” Hannah said, noting how she still feels the effects of her own experience with self-isolation. “Meals on Wheels is such an essential service that provides these people with meals and companionship.”
Before she was able to return to campus for hybrid learning, Hannah found ways to bring some movement to her day. Socially distant picnics and runs made a difference, as did a consistent morning routine.
“It seems kind of trivial, but putting on a cute outfit, something you feel confident in, can make a difference,” she said. “Just being in your room and having the change of, getting up and getting dressed and doing your hair and physically moving your location from right next to your bed makes such a big difference.”