the many (digital) faces of june

deadlines, online classes & a haircut

Looking back at the month of June, I had a slightly repetitive routine. I was glad to have school on my mind, as it kept me busy, and thankfully let it consume most of my day. I thought I’d share my typical routine and reflect on my experience with getting online classes.

8.30 – 9.00 – The alarm goes off. Now, I’m a deep sleeper and I like to snooze. And since this has become quite a habit, most of the time I wake up 15 minutes after my alarm (which is the song ‘When Will my Life Begin’ from Tangled, haha). Then I spend another fifteen minutes trying to convince myself to get out of bed. Yes, very productive indeed.

9.00 – 10.30 – I dress myself in order to feel as if “going to uni”. I drag myself downstairs and make some breakfast, which consists of bread and a cup of tea. Whilst eating I read a chapter of a book, which were from Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King, both written by Maggie Stiefvater, this past month. Then I get back upstairs, brush my teeth and put my contacts in.

10.30 – 12.30 – I can’t explain it, but I could not get myself to do anything school related before it said 10.30 on the clock. Really weird, but the following two hours I would be very focused and productive. Just typing away on my laptop about immersion, screening situations and direct address in film. Some days I had seminars or lectures, and others would be spent working on a concept for an experiment or an analysis of an augmented reality game. I loved following the courses of this last block. We had great teachers and fun assignments and I was actually sad when it was over.

12.30 – 13.30 – At this time I start to get hungry again. So I hop downstairs and make some lunch. More bread, but this time with cheese and tomatoes or hummus. Very yummy, I am thinking as I enjoy my lunch with a youtube video or another chapter from my book. I’ve not been able to enjoy the sun as much since it was very rainy and cloudy this past month. Or even too hot…

14.00 – 16.00 – At around 2 o’clock I’m back at it. Joined by my very ugly flower curtain (as you can spot in the pictures). Typing, typing, thinking, typing, reading articles, smacking my head on the table, typing, slowly going crazy and deleting (yes, had to do lots of deleting, which was painful… I wrote much more than I was supposed to…). Generally I felt stressed when approaching the final deadlines for my assignments, but also happy, but also stressed. I kept going until around 4, and then I felt I deserved a break.

16.00 – 17.00 – Break time! I love getting a cup of tea and a little snack and just relax. Although this month I could not bring myself to really relax. I was always still thinking about the content of my papers, always a bit restless.

17.00 – 18.30 – So, after a lot of semi-relaxing I get back to my messy Word documents. Trying to create some order, being semi-productive as well. Feeling my productiveness slip away as I hope my mom calls me for dinner…

18.30 – 20.00 – We’ve been eating quite late this past month. Which I really did not mind at all because my productivity went to zero as soon as we had dinner. The rest of the evening we would spend watching Downton Abbey, and after that I just couldn’t go back to work. Simply because I knew I didn’t need that extra time. I had another day the next day.

20.00 – 22.00 – In this time block you would just see me scrolling through Pinterest. Or watching a movie on Netflix or Disney+. Either really enjoying myself, still thinking about the assignments or daydreaming about vacation. You choose.

Then I would slowly make my way to bed. Shower and all that. But I would always fall sleep really late, because my thoughts just would not leave me alone.

I did not experience the online classes as a negative thing. I had a lot more time on my hands now I did not need to travel to Utrecht and the seminars were also in smaller groups. This way it felt less scary to answer questions or ask them. For me, this really made it easier to speak up. On the other hand, the boundary between study and play became smaller and smaller, to the point that all I felt like I did was study or think about studying. Also, I heard the teachers had a lot more work because the groups were smaller and the assignments were all individually reviewed (which was really nice for us, but not for them :]). Although, if I could choose, I would prefer the old way and go back to school.

How was your June?

Love, Eva

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