Like many of my fellow graduate assistants and colleagues the last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I went from having a very standard schedule most days between work for myself and school for my five year old daughter.
- Wake up and get daughter ready for school. Eat breakfast and head out the door.
- Drop daughter off at Montessori school and drive .002 miles to my office in the Drake building.
- Work for 5-7 hours and then go pick up my daughter.
- Spend a few hours cooking dinner, going for a walk and spending time together as a family.
- Daughter in bed and time for me to work on schoolwork. Sleep. Repeat.
We had a great routine that along with the rest of the world was completely upended by the situation surrounding COVID-19. I have quickly tried to establish some work-from-home boundaries but setting up a small table in my bedroom.
Nowadays its a mess of attempting homeschooling, juggling work and trying to stay on top of my courses. While also keeping an eye on the ever changing status of the world around us. To accomplish these tasks my daughter has become my companion during zoom calls and I try to time my more important work for her nap/rest hour later in the day. We also try and take a few quick walks around the block so I can squeeze in a discussion post for class while she eats a snack. Despite all the upheaval I am finally almost at the end of my project working to ingest all the documents from the OSIRIS-REx Science Implementation Plan into the campus repository. No matter how difficult it seems these days to juggle my roles as a graduate assistant, student and mom I am so thankful to be able to do my job from the safety of my home.
Its important during this unknown and scary times to try and look at the bright side and enjoy the time we have with our families. Most importantly though, STAY INSIDE!