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Teenage Angst, Revisited in Isolation

  • July 15, 2020

Ms. Sakhrani, 31, said that while she no longer has a curfew, the restrictions of not having the freedom to go out because of quarantine “evokes the same feeling that you had as a teenager.”

Kendall Ciesemier, who drove 13 hours from Brooklyn to her parents’ home outside of Chicago, said that in some ways, being thrust back into her childhood environment meant reverting to dynamics she had with her parents growing up.

“Navigating the world from my childhood bedroom is like some weird dissonance between-like feeling,” said Ms. Ciesemier, 27, a producer at a nonprofit. “I finally hit the point where I’m very comfortable. I finally made it out of the hole of entry-level jobs and the early parts of post-grad life.”

Sometimes, being in her childhood home makes Ms. Ciesemier feel as if “maybe I haven’t really grown up.”

“The weird thing was having to be like, this is my room and if the door is closed, you knock,” she said.

“I’ve been on a FaceTime date and my mom barged in because I told her I was talking to my best friend from college,” Ms. Ciesemier said, laughing. “I was just humiliated. It was horrifying but really funny.” Ms. Ciesemier, who is immunocompromised, initially made the decision based on her health. She is now back in her apartment.

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