Zooming Her Best Life

Published: April 24, 2020

Maia Kelley, Assistant Professor of Math, has been making the most of working remotely by coming up with a new Zoom theme every day for the last three weeks.

“The first couple days I did this, it was just a lark to keep myself amused,” she said. 

Before she knew it, Kelley’s Zoom themes were growing in popularity.

“I didn’t intend to do it more than a time or two, but then the screenshots I posted on social media got a lot of interactions from friends and family – some saying they were starting to look forward to it each day.”

Themes have included:

  • Abe Lincoln at Gettysburg
  • A conspiracy theorist with a conspiracy theory background
  • A construction worker at a construction site
  • Cowpoke in the Old West
  • Elmer Fudd on Looney Tunes
  • Heat Miser with Cold Miser
  • Joker at the Arkham Asylum
  • Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France
  • Nemo in the ocean
  • Oliver Hardy with Stan Laurel
  • A quarterback on a football field
  • Robin Hood in a forest
  • Rosie the Riveter’s We Can Do It
  • A wizard in a magic laboratory
  • Zorro with a Z background

Kelley calls these her “Zoom Moods” and rightly so as they are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face during these crazy times.

“Things aren’t easy right now. If seeing my buffoonery gives someone a chuckle for a minute, then they are certainly worth my time to assemble.”

Because her interaction with students is mostly via email or Blackboard’s Collaborate, Kelley sends a summary of all her Zoom Moods from the past week to her students every Monday.

“It’s actually caused a few students who had previously been quiet to respond and update me on how they’re doing. Those who do meet with me get to see me wearing a weird hat with no context which is probably entertaining in a different way. So, again, worth my time.”

Kelley’s colleagues are now joining in on the fun sharing their wig and hat stashes with her.

“This could last a while – consider yourselves warned!”

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