Santa Barbara, United States
This photo is of the plexiglass partition on my desk at the women’s center on campus. The past year and a half since returning home from college, I’ve been waiting for the day when I could again be with my community and see familiar faces. September 2021 seemed like it was that opportunity for us. Returning to campus and working at the front desk in this center, the world just seems that much more foreign to me. Something as safe and simple as a glass screen reminds me of how distant I am from those around me. We are once again together, but still so far apart, for so many different reasons. It’s difficult to navigate the differences in personal experiences, beliefs, opinions, and hopes that everyone around us holds. But until we can do that, I’ll be here on the other side of the screen.