Student Experience

A Day in the Life of Minji

Here’s a look into what a sophomore’s day looks like during quarantine:

April 16th, 2020

8-9 a.m. 

I woke up, not wanting to wake up. The fact that I do not have to wake up at 5 a.m. anymore to go to school messed up my sleeping schedule, and I was getting less sleep than my normal school days. I washed my face, ate breakfast, brushed my teeth, and set up my computer for the day’s first-period lesson: English. Waiting for class to start, I made a to-do list on my agenda. It was an attempt to stay organized when everything else in my life seemed to spiral out of control.

9-10 a.m.

I went into the first-period class, digitally. After such a long break, it was nice to see my friends and the teacher’s faces again. Ms. Gunn gave us information on our joint research summative with history, and let us off so we could work on our own. I took advantage of the time to start the summative and gather information. This made me feel proud, as I was at least managing my time well.

10-11 a.m. 

I am very grateful that I have history after English since I have a joint summative for both classes. This meant that I could continue what I was doing in English for history after the teacher gave us a mini-lecture and more specifics on the summative. My research topic is the history of computer science and war’s influence on it, and it came from a historical fiction film I had watched during the break: The Imitation Game. Very interesting movie and I recommend it to whoever’s reading this. Don’t believe everything they portray of Alan Turing’s life, though, because some of it is very inaccurate.

11-12 a.m. 

I went into the third period: AP French. After this, I only had one class, and online school was over. The teacher gave us updates on the AP exam, and it was horrifying when she told us it would only include spoken tasks: my worst weakness. I was nervous, horrified, and terrified. But, all those feelings aside, we moved on to our lesson of the day. With less than a month left for the exam, I felt a little frustrated that all the multiple-choice questions, essays, and other writing portions I had practiced were for nothing, as only my ability to speak would be tested.

12-1 p.m.

It was finally lunchtime, and today’s menu was Kimbap. My brother, sister, mother, and I sat at the table and ate. One positive thing about the pandemic, a silver lining, is that I get to spend more time with my family. 

1-2 p.m.

It was the final period: Spanish. We are reading a novel, currently, called “Una Luz en el Atardecer”. It is about a teenage boy who wants to be an actor despite his mother’s strong opposition. It is a very entertaining book as the boy, Alberto, narrates us through his life and his meeting of Clara, a painter he loves. At the same time, we are going through different avant-garde movements that come up in the book. Today, we made a calligram, a poem that takes the shape of its main theme. It took me a little more than class time, but I finished my calligram and was proud of it. 

2-3 p.m.

After I had finished all my classes, I decided to take a break. Leaving all the homework and unfinished classwork beside, I got my book, “Exhalation” by Ted Chiang, and read. It is a science fiction collection of short stories. But more than that, each story has its reflection about life and existence. It makes one think a lot and reflect a lot. After being in quarantine, I find myself reading a lot more. Most likely because I am limited to my small home.

3-4 p.m.

Still reading… and thinking a lot.

4-5 p.m.

I fell asleep and took a small nap for one hour. Given my very irregular sleeping schedule, of sleeping after midnight and waking up at 7-9 A.M., this nap is very justifiable and very much needed.

5-6 p.m.

It was time for some exercise. After the quarantine, my movements were limited to the house, and they went only as far as the supermarket. Not being able to move as much made my body stiff as a stick. Therefore, I try to exercise at least 30 minutes, trying to keep my body moving. 

6-7 p.m.

I ate spicy noodles for dinner. They were delicious. Again, it was more time to spend with family.

7-8 p.m. 

I took a look at the homework I had to do for the classes, most of them assigned to today. Before doing all that, though, I took a shower and got in my comfortable pajamas. Now, I was going to finish all the homework.

8-9 p.m.

I did not want to do homework; I wanted to watch videos and play games. Yet I completed task to task, knowing myself of tomorrow would be happy.

9-10 p.m. 

The last work of the day is writing this journal. I went through my mind, trying to remember what I did every hour of the day. Now, I am finished. Finally, I will sleep early today.


(original artwork by the author)

2 replies »

  1. Thanks for your article, Min Ji! We miss you on campus and it is fun to have a window into your experience with Distance Learning. Love the artwork too!

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