Noella Ingabire, a rising junior at Wellesley College, wrote this blog in April about her adjustment to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s been almost a month since this crazy situation started. A week before the college closed, I went to class as usual and the girl sitting next to me asked me if I heard the news. I had been studying for 3 midterms the day before, so I had no idea what she was talking about.
Three and a half weeks later, and we’re in ‘confinement’. The word itself is enough to make me feel a claustrophobic. I prefer saying ‘social distancing’. The Wellesley campus is big and very spread out so luckily social distancing doesn’t feel too difficult to do. I can still go for walks and get some fresh air without putting myself or other people at risk. Sometimes it’s easy to forget everything that is happening. At times like this, I am really glad that Wellesley is far from the city. I am especially thankful that I don’t have to worry about getting groceries or finding toilet paper.
I have to say that one of the perks of not being constantly surrounded by people is that I get to focus on myself and use the abundant amount of time that I now have for introspection and personal growth. Since I am now mostly by myself, I find that I spent a lot more time thinking and taking care of myself way more than I did before. I downloaded an app for meditation called Headspace and I have been using it every night before going to bed. It has helped me take my mind off things and helped me focus on accomplishing my daily goals.