Even though I am somehow convinced that we are all living the same lives, – I mean, you are at home, working, or schooling or whatever but, you are at home – I have decided to share how my week went; schooling and studying from home.
This is my first post of the year and I know I have a lot of stories to tell, but this is a start.
A week in the life of a 23-year-old international graduate student who is living on her own for the first time.
So far, I have spent 35 days at home, I have stepped out once to get groceries and I go out for walks twice a week. I have started baking, found a new love for my language: Ibibio, been taking long walks, sleeping, binge-watching The Office, spending 50% of my screen-time on twitter, doing every other thing but studying. I tried to do better this week and keep myself accountable. So, let us see how I did.
Sunday – It was Easter Sunday and I started my morning reflecting on God’s love for me, reflecting on the cross and how I want to spread love as well. I did not study at all. I also didn’t have any special Easter meal, because grocery deliveries have been slow. But I had chicken, so I marinated it for a special potato casserole meal I had saved a recipe for.
Monday – I made chicken- potato casserole, studied Cell biology, which has turned out to be my best course this semester. I thought molecular biology was my best part of biology but possibly because I’m not taking any Mol Bio course this semester, I have found a replacement. But cell bio is so interesting, I studied cell signaling pathways today (Why are cells so brilliant?). My professor actually says every topic is interesting. His love for the course is quite contagious because I am a convert. This doesn’t mean I will not complain about the course often, because it’s quite voluminous.
At about 11pm, I decided to make a snack and I did it; I made chin-chin!
Quite an eventful day.
Tuesday – I think I did too much on Monday to do anything today. My groceries arrived, but I was too lazy to cook. I had a four-hour-long Biostatistics class which I enjoyed. This is an easy class and I love it.
Wednesday – My cooking genes were activated today again, and jollof rice was expressed (biology joke).
Gene expression is the process by which information from a gene is used in the production of a gene product. Gene expression is important because, a gene can be present and not be expressed. Gene expression in a cell determines what that cell can do.
Today, I would have attended a department seminar, where a scientist from another university would talk about their work. I would have also taken a trip to Thermofisher-Scientific for Mass spectrophotometry lab class, however, I spent the evening baking banana bread with my housemates. I would like to share my experience with my evening labs at that facility because it was fun.
Thursday – The only noteworthy thing I did today was enjoying cell biology class. Today, we learnt about the cell cycle. One lovely thing about science is that you always learn something new. I have studied the cell cycle at every stage of my education, but this class was one of my best in a while. Oh, I also had a long discussion with my friend about how I haven’t joined a lab yet.
Friday – If not that I have classes, I will not know the difference between days. I miss the library, I miss study rooms, but I studied this evening. Five points to anyone who guesses correctly what course I studied this evening.
Saturday – Self-care Saturday started with a phone call from my sister and then some facemasks, hair care, and breakfast. I had a long nap after cleaning and then I studied Protein Biochemistry. I am proud of how much I have been able to cover this week. I studied quite a lot, not as much as I wanted to, but this is a start.
So, this is how I’m doing. I think I have come to accept what we are going through, and I appreciate all health professionals working tirelessly, the scientists working overtime to find a cure and vaccine for this. With Gods help, we will get through this. How is your life going amidst this pandemic? I would like to know! Tell me how you’re keeping your head above the water.
Happy new year Kiki 😂😂,
My guess is you most likely studied cell biology again on Friday and as for that joke you ‘cracked’ no words boo 🤦♀️.
I have been trying to take each day at a time. Little steps here and there.
Yes! 5 points for you!
Taking little steps is fine, little drops they say make a mighty ocean.
Also, for the joke, I needed an avenue to teach something ☹️
Nice read👏🏽👏🏽. This has inspired me to be productive starting from tomorrow😖😖. It’s so hard cos all I want to do is eat, watch the office and sleep. I just don’t want to think about the consequences of this pandemic.
Start little, don’t try to overwork yourself. Start with one task here, another task the next day, and slowly start adding tasks. You got this.
Guessing you studied Cell Biology on Friday evening.
Five points to you 😅
Been a while dear…
I’m guessing you studied Biostatistics
I studied cell biology, no points for you 😋
This amazing. Well done Kiki
Thank you! Thanks for reading too.
She finally posts!
I’m guessing it’s Cell Bio for the win.
Finally! More to come by Gods grace! Yes! Five points to you ⭐️
Kiks!!! I’m motivated. Can’t tell you how I lived my life this past week😭. Nice one!
It’s okay, take your time, but start doing something. Start with one task a day?