Paige Avery is about to start her junior year at Texas A&M University. Her college life changed dramatically when campus closed midsemester last spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, and she had to go back home to Washington state. She's now preparing to return to A&M for the fall semester, and will continue her work as a campus tour guide. She's also going to be taking several of her mom's homemade A&M masks with her; she likes the ones that are a "slight nod" to Aggie school spirit.
“Given the fact that my mom also started making [masks] pretty early … I would say I had more than the average person at that point in time, especially in terms of not single-use ones.”
A&M pride is strong in the Avery household – they have the homemade masks to prove it.
“I have a lot of A&M masks. The fabric she got is really loud … and so, I like it when she does a maroon floral on the front with, then, the trim of the A&M ’cause it’s a slight nod to the spirit but it isn’t so overwhelming.”
“I guess the mask is the new way to show your allegiances.”
“Once I don’t think I have to wear it for coronavirus purposes, I’m sure I’ll still keep a couple on hand. But who knows what’ll happen to the rest of them. There’s going to be such a surplus of everything that’s been created.”
“One thing that I think will happen is that people will keep wearing masks when they’re sick. … I think this might kind of change the way that people protect themselves when they’re sick with any kind of illness in the future.”
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