(Credit: Joey Thordarson)
Eractive. Ervigilant. Erfocused. What do all these words have in common? They’re all preceded by a whole lot of hype. But very few things that are hyped up beforehand live up to our expectations. Lucky for us, the Quarantine Diaries do not fit this mold. In fact, it could be said that they have surpassed our wildest expectations. They might just be the apex of modern cinematography, the pinnacle of human achievement in the visual arts. Perhaps we shouldn’t go that far, but one thing’s for certain: the Quarantine Diaries are top-notch. The perfect blend of seeing academic-related woes from a non-student perspective and your run-of-the-mill quarantine antics make the Diaries the perfect short watch for any Montrosian. Not to mention, the way the videos are cut together in short segments (thanks, Ms. T’s brother!) ensures streamlined videos that are varied enough to avoid the sometimes-boring format of vlogging. What I mean by this is that streams of consciousness or unedited vlog series can sometimes fall flat; if videos go uncut, long pauses and too much focus on one element of a story can get boring fast. The Quarantine Diaries, on the other hand, provide fresh content from our faves in an engaging way.
Speaking of our faves, who could ask for better vlog stars? The most enjoyable part of the videos, in my opinion, is getting updates from Ms. T, Ms. Chiodini, Ms. Joyce, and Ms. Hanrahan as they navigate many of the same challenges we do. Getting to see their familiar faces when we are all in isolation can help us Montrose students feel less alone. Also, our wonderful teachers make the videos a great place to smile at or laugh within our loneliness.
Do I even need a concluding sentence? You’re crazy if you’ve read this far without going to check out the series. That is, if you haven’t already watched them all, but even so — go watch them again! The Quarantine Diaries vlogs have been a smashing success so far. I know I’m not alone in saying I can’t wait for the next episode!
The Quarantine Diaries are available on the Looking Glass Instagram Page @humansofmontrose
Emma Barry ’22, News Editor