June 17, 2021


Photo Courtesy: Rachel Goding
Name: Rachel Goding
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Department: COLSA; Nutrition & Wellness
Role at UNH: Student/Residential Assistant
Year Started at UNH: 2018

How does getting this vaccine make you feel?

As an out-of-state student from Rhode Island, I was stoked when I found out that I could get the Pfizer vaccine on campus! I believe that achieving herd immunity through widespread vaccination will be a huge step in the right direction.

What does getting this vaccine mean to you?  

I encounter so many students a day as an RA on campus, and pretty soon I will be meeting even more incoming students as an Orientation Leader, so I feel like I am doing my part to make sure that those around me feel safe.  

What would you say to someone who feels hesitant about getting the vaccine? 

Getting the vaccine is not only a choice that impacts you, but everyone around you as well! The whole process only takes about 5 minutes and it feels great knowing that you have taken the initiative to stop the spread.  

What have been some of your favorite ways to stay physically active during the pandemic?  

Lots of walks! We are lucky enough to have great trails and loops so close to campus. I cannot recommend College Woods enough, as well as Adam’s Point and Wagon Hill, which are both just a short drive away from campus. I’ve also been working out at the Hamel Rec Center.  

How have you been taking care of your emotional wellbeing during the pandemic?  

Every day I dedicate a block of time just for activities that I enjoy and keep me grounded. Reading, painting, listening to podcasts, and journaling are just a few of my favorites! 

How do you stay connected with others?  

Talking over the phone and FaceTiming have been super helpful with keeping in touch with my friends and family. Never underestimate the power of a nice phone call! 

Now that you have received the first dose of the vaccine, what is the next thing that you will be holding onto for hope?  

Getting my second dose in a few weeks! I will still be wearing my mask out in public, social distancing and all that good stuff because I know there is still a risk of contracting the virus, but I’m happy to be receiving that extra layer of protection.

Do you have any positive words of encouragement for members of our audience who are feeling completely drained and burnt out from this pandemic?  

I empathize with you, and I know we can make it through! It has been a tough semester but we are on the home stretch. Try to schedule breaks in between tasks and studying for exams so it feels much more manageable. You got this! 

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