These past weeks have been overwhelming. I’ve had a lot of different mixed emotions going into this quarantine situation. I feel bored, tired, scared, and stressed, but at the same time relaxed. Being stuck at home has given me more free time. The thing about being held at home is that everyone’s situation is different.
Having to spend every hour of the day with family members becomes pretty annoying. I’ve tried to come up with activities to keep myself busy and even started to work out. I built a schedule of things to do throughout the day to be more consistent and productive as if I were still in school. That’s the thing I miss the most: the routine. I like to know when I’m doing things and have them all planned out. For me, school was a way to socialize since I don’t go out apart from that. Being at home all the time was the one thing that didn’t change. The transition from schoolwork and online work has been a bit confusing. I think the most challenging part of it has been teaching myself the material and being motivated to get on the computer to get some work done. The amount of school work assigned is doable. My professors have been pretty consistent with the amount of work they assign. The only thing is being at home is pretty distracting and I would rather be doing something other than schoolwork.
The way I’ve been trying to handle things since being stuck at home is just making sense of what’s going on outside by watching the news to keep me updated on the development of the situation.
Every day that goes by, the story keeps getting worse, and it’s terrifying. Simple things like going out to get groceries now require that we wear masks and gloves. More and more people are getting infected with the virus, and when I heard the U.S was leading with the highest number of reports, I panicked. Every time my parents leave for work or to buy groceries I worry. Many of the messages I keep seeing are, “We are all in this together.” Yet, many people keep leaving their homes to visit family members or friends. It may seem selfish on my part but seeing family or friends can definitely wait.
By visiting others we are risking spreading the virus to them or ourselves. My routine has pretty much stayed the same. I look at my emails and Google classroom for new assignments. Then, after some work, I start watching Netflix. One hour on Netflix turns to four hours on Netflix, and two hours of TikTok. I’ve been spending more time with my family, playing board games and tennis. Personally, I think this would all be over sooner if people listened to directions. It really is no joke and people are dying. It’s not much to sacrifice a bit of social time for the well being of others because even if we aren’t directly affected by it, the people around us might be.