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What your mask says about you

| Wednesday, September 9, 2020

These days, no outfit is complete without a mask. In the nearly seven months that the novel coronavirus has been officially declared a pandemic, there’s been a ton of development in the world of mask fashion. From durability to style to color to design, there are endless possibilities when it comes to keeping yourself and others safe. But did you know that how you choose to mask up actually says a lot about you?

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Disposable blue mask: You used to run cross country in high school but now you just like to run around the lakes to get a little exercise. You make fun of people with motorized scooters but you secretly want one of your own.

Green HERE mask: You haven’t done laundry in almost two weeks and you woke up about 15 minutes ago. You just ordered Starbucks and there are 127 people ahead of you in line. 

Shamrock HERE mask: You don’t care about matching today, and that’s alright. It’s almost time for your daily walk to the Huddle. You don’t need anything, you just want to go somewhere.

ND-issued circle patterned mask: You’re feeling a little fancy today. Go you.

ND-issued green mask: You spend just a little too much time on Twitter. You keep meaning to watch Breaking Bad but you just haven’t gotten around to it yet. 

Mask from Amazon: You’re a pretty regular person. Don’t forget to do your econ problem set and meet Katie at NDH!

Mask from Etsy: You love plants and you have really nice handwriting. The most important debate in your life is “Pride and Prejudice” (1995) vs “Pride and Prejudice” (2005). 

A mediocre homemade mask: You got really into doing crafts during quarantine. If someone compliments you on it, you immediately say that you made it. You tell everyone your favorite TV show is “The Great British Bake Off,” but it’s actually “Vanderpump Rules.” 

A really nice homemade mask: You learned how to sew when you were a kid but you’re kinda over it now. You prefer entering the Meeting ID over clicking the Zoom link and nothing annoys you more than soggy dining hall boxes.

Bandana: You want to be a cowboy. Yeehaw.

Neck gaiter: You’re a finance major (history minor) who played lacrosse in high school. One of your greatest joys in life is playing Spikeball on South Quad with your boys.

Mask purchased from Modern Market: What compelled you to do this? 

Mask with a quirky saying on it: You have a “Coexist” bumper sticker on your Honda CRV.

Mask with a sports logo on it: You wore glasses for most of elementary school but switched over to contacts in the eighth grade. You’re also feeling conflicted about Lou Holtz. Go team!

Mask with ties instead of elastic: You like to take your time with things. You wish there were a Trader Joe’s in the South Bend/Mishawaka area, but you’ll settle for Whole Foods.

No mask: You prefer endangering the lives of others over having a minor inconvenience.

Ella Wisniewski is a junior studying English and Economics. She tries her best not to take herself too seriously. You can reach her at [email protected] or @ellawisn on Twitter.

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