(Editor's note: This is the first of four entries from international student Melissa Jane Heybourn, who has family in both the UK and Singapore.)
Entry #1: Day-to-day Life Since the Outbreak:
My day to day life since COVID-19 here in the US has changed dramatically. For starters, university has been canceled, which had been something that took up a big part of my day. Friends have left and gone home and since social distancing practices have started, I mostly just see my flatmates now. I cancelled my spring break trip to Mexico in fear that the border may shut while I was out there or that the border restrictions of people of the EU may see me having trouble coming back into the US; even though I have not been to the UK since December.
Life is a lot more isolated and the apartment complex I live in feels like a ghost town sometimes. I find myself being unmotivated to do university work as most of it is online. I find that I am unfocused most of my days, although I may be doing things, they take a lot more time for me to complete than usual. I am cooking, baking and cleaning much more than I usually do, probably because there seems to be less time spent traveling and less time spent outside of the house. I managed to get a bike loan from my university before the semester ended and I also have lovely flatmates who are still in the apartment, so I am not stranded. But the way things have changed, had they not been here, I would find my quality of life and the ability to go to the shops for groceries a lot more difficult.
I am finding I have more time (or it might be the illusion of more time) to do things I never had the time for before. I may be losing my marbles a little bit. The other day I was so upset about not being in Mexico that I opened a bottle of sangria, put a video up on the TV of a beach with the sound of waves and pretended in my mind I was on a beach in Mexico, the same thing aye?
- Melissa Jane Heybourn