May Oo Khine
20S: Several Variable Calculus, Social Distancing, and Strawberries
Hello there, friend!
Several Variable Calculus, social distancing, and strawberries…now, isn't that a bizarre string of words to associate my spring term of freshmen year with? With students attending classes through Zoom and meeting other commitments online, it has been an unusual past few weeks. It might not be how any of us imagined spending spring; nevertheless, there's no doubt that this one will be with us for a very, very long time.
Several Variable Calculus
This term, with the mandatory pass/fail grading change, I decided to take on an extra class. My schedule looks something like this:
MATH 8: Calculus of Functions of One and Several Variables
MES 1: Intro to Middle Eastern Studies
BIO 12: Cell Structure and Function
GOVT 40.27 / HIST 36: Epidemics in History
I just returned home from spending several weeks of mandatory quarantine in my home country, Myanmar. Almost all of my international friends have returned as well, despite for a few who have chosen to stay on campus. As a freshmen, it really sucks that we're going to be away from each other for the same amount of time (and possibly even more if things go awry!) as we had when we were together — roughly 6 months. We had just really began to settle in with one another and there's a little part of us that worry if our friendships will make it through these next few months. With everything else going on, it won't be easy. But, start small! A little check-in, a video call — the smallest things will make the biggest differences during these times!
How does a new hobby sound? It doesn't have to be big, and you don't even have to squeeze in 10 years of work into your plan or push yourself to be over productive. Remember, we are living in a pandemic! What's most important though is to keep being cautious and being safe and healthy so that you won't put yourself or those around you at risk.