GENERATION PANDEMIC




Generation Pandemic is an oral history archive that documents the impact of COVID-19 on young adults in America. It explores how the pandemic has exacerbated tensions intrinsic to young adulthood, highlighting how uncertainty has influenced major life decisions and future plans. Stories reveal generational themes of sudden movement and entrapment, delayed independence, introspection, and attempts at self-realization.

We strive to augment quantitative studies about the pandemic with a record that highlights orality, narrative form, and lived experiences. Most narratives are presented as edited transcripts or podcasts. Regardless of the form, it’s important to note that we played an active and retrospective role in shaping these pieces as interviewers and editors. Our route was informed by demographic data (Social Explorer) in an effort to represent geographically, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse groups. All final drafts have been approved by our interviewees before publishing.



 Max (left) and Alan are seniors at the University of Pennsylvania studying English and neuroscience respectively. They’ve been close friends since childhood having grown up on the same street outside of Washington DC.

Max and Alan are seniors at the University of Pennsylvania studying English and neuroscience, respectively. They’ve been close friends since childhood and grew up on the same street outside of Washington, DC. If you have any questions or have a story you’d like to share, reach out at strickm@sas.upenn.edu and ajinich@sas.upenn.edu.