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‘Everything Drastically Changed’ - One Gen-Z Student Reflects On The Repercussions Of The Pandemic

Laura Tsutsui
Valley Public Radio
Jordan Pulido dons a Baby Yoda mask to talk with a fan running in his garage. The 22 year old is a music education student at Fresno State. He says the pandemic upended his plans for senior year, and has sickened several family members.

Jordan Pulido lost his grandmother to the coronavirus, and says the pandemic has derailed most of his plans for his last year at Fresno State. 

The 22-year-old is studying music education, and this year, he was supposed to perform in the university’s rendition of “Carmina Burana,” travel to Italy, and participate in the Disney College Program in Florida during the fall semester. 

Instead, he’s been home, avoiding outings as much as possible to protect his family. 

His grandmother was 98-year-old Maria Cruz Torres Pulido and she lived in Merced at a nursing home. That’s where she contracted the coronavirus. Jordan says his family got to Facetime call her before she passed away, but added that the entire experience was surreal. 

“Six months ago, everything was fine. I had all of these things to look forward to, my life was starting to turn into what I wanted it to be,” says Jordan. “I had people who were alive then not alive now. And it’s so unreal to me that at the drop of a hat, everything drastically changed.”

Listen to the audio postcard above to hear more from Pulido about his grandma, and what he misses about singing. 

Laura Tsutsui was a reporter and producer for Valley Public Radio. She joined the station in 2017 as a news intern, and later worked as a production assistant and weekend host. Laura covered local issues ranging from politics to housing, and produced the weekly news program Valley Edition. She left the station in November 2020.
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