A Day in the Life of a Binghamton Student at Home
Posted by Sophia Cavalluzzi on May 5, 2020
Needless to say, my daily routine has drastically changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I’m used to commuting to campus, seeing friends, and going out to restaurants or coffee shops. My hometown was hit hard by the pandemic, so I decided it was safest to stay in Binghamton. I have been quarantined off-campus with my boyfriend for the past six weeks. To keep myself entertained, I thought it would be interesting to record a day in my life as a student during the pandemic. Enjoy!
First things first, I wake up. I’m a big night owl, so waking up early isn’t easy for me. Some days I allow myself to sleep in more than others, but it really depends on what I have going on that day. On this day I had a meeting at 11 a.m., so I woke up at 10 a.m. When I first wake up, I immediately have a cup of coffee. Then, I sit at the kitchen table and I look over my planner to see what I have to get done that day. This really helps me visualize how my day will go and make sure I don’t forget any assignments or meetings.
Since I wake up late, I don’t always eat breakfast. When I do, I always go for avocado toast with fruit on the side. While I eat my food, I catch up on any messages or notifications I missed while I was asleep.
I have a good number of meetings on Zoom throughout the week. Whenever I finish a meeting, I like to take advantage of my motivation and start my work for the day. I’ll usually spend a couple hours getting schoolwork and work for my internship done before I’m ready for a break.
This is usually the time I’ll eat lunch or brunch, depending how the day is going. If it’s nice out, I’ll take a walk and get some fresh air. I also often use this time to get some chores done, like folding laundry.
After a long break, it’s time to continue some work. I’ll usually start doing work in bed at this point. I always have emails to catch up on, or finishing touches to put on a project. For the most part, my harder assignments are completed earlier in the day while I’m still highly caffeinated. Depending on the day, this is around the time I’ll have another meeting.
On this day, I had my evening English Civil War class with Professor Walkling. Making sure I take thorough notes helps to keep me engaged in classes at home, where it’s easier for me to get distracted.
My boyfriend is a great chef and he’s been making amazing meals for us every night. I’d like to say I help, but he honestly does most of the work. I watch him cook and keep him company in the kitchen.
After he’s done cooking, my boyfriend and I retreat back to the couch with meals in hand. We always watch a TV show while we eat dinner. It was Tiger King a couple weeks ago, but now we’ve moved to Parks and Recreation. Then, he’ll play video games and I’ll scroll through Tik Tok or FaceTime friends.
Now, it’s pretty late. For some reason, I always get a second wind of motivation late at night. Now is when I’ll get a little bit more work done. The work I do late at night is usually the work that requires me to be the most creative. Once I’m done, I’ll grab some dessert from the kitchen, make myself a cup of green tea and relax.
Finally, it’s bedtime! I’ll climb into bed and either watch a couple episodes of Veep or I’ll catch up on my YouTube subscription box. Right before bed, I’ll look at my planner again to gauge my schedule for the next day, and I’ll set my alarm accordingly. Goodnight!
Sophia Cavalluzzi is a junior majoring in English Rhetoric and an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations. She loves to write, watch YouTube and plan fancy vacations that she will not be taking anytime soon.
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