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A Day In The Life Of the Remote-Learner: Aileen Kurts 

Hi! My name is Aileen Kurts and I would say with everything going on right now, life is pretty crazy. I just finished my sophomore year, majoring in English Pre-Med and many students probably know me as their favorite Grind barista🤣. I’m also a biology TA, a senator, and President Pro-Tempore of PUC’s student senate. Doing all that remotely has certainly been interesting. 

My days at home were a bit more relaxed than when I’m on campus, but somehow I’ve felt even more tired here. I think it’s because I miss all the people and energy I get from seeing my friends. Now I spend my time looking at a screen, whether it’s in class, watching TV, Facetiming friends, and most importantly studying. It got pretty tiresome so I started some new hobbies at home. I’ve gotten really into DIY projects. I’ve painted my room, put up shelves over my desk, and painted my bathroom. I’ve been working on so many more plans I hope to accomplish while at home for the summer. 

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I also started cooking a lot. My mom is a nurse who is self-isolating in her room so I cook so she doesn’t have to come out. It’s not a lot of fun not getting to hang out with my mom, but sometimes I get to sit outside her door. We’ll talk, make jokes and it reminds me that being home during the pandemic isn’t so bad. I haven’t lived at home for this long since I was 15 so it has definitely been an adjusting period for me. One of the best things about living at home though is getting to see my dogs every day.

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My school days were often a little crazy as I had five classes each day with labs, meetings, and a ton of homework. I decided to work more on self-care while I have the time to focus a bit more on myself. This means some days I take a long nap, a nice bath, or just read a book. If you’re interested, here’s how my days as a remote learner at PUC went. 

7:45 a.m. – On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I had all of my classes. This includes 8 a.m. Organic Chemistry (no science class should be this early). I have a dream of waking up at 7 a.m. but this is still just a dream so I would wake up 15 minutes before my class starts, drink a cup of water, and open my computer to start my day.  

8:00 a.m. – OChem with Professor Hilario. Surprisingly I never slept through this one!  

9:00 a.m. – Physics with Professor Robertson. 

10:00 a.m. – Survey of Lit with Professor Gill. Being an English major while studying pre-med means I get to have the best of both worlds. I get to study what I love and still go into the career I want. It means I have some pretty hard classes but it’s all worth it when I’m studying things I love.  

11:00 a.m. – Christian Beliefs with Professor Kim.

Noon – At this time I would be overcome with exhaustion from classes. I would either take a nap or cook. I do all the shopping to limit exposure to my parents so I get to buy all the things I need to make new and healthy meals.

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 2:00-5:00 p.m. – I had two labs: physics and O-chem. I would spend a few hours working on my online labs. It’s hard having to do hands-on learning on the computer, but our lab instructors do the best they can by sending us videos of the lab.  

5:00 p.m. – I would get some dinner, take a break and watch Full House and let my brain rest. I also used that time to get to talk to my boyfriend, Samuel. We’ve found some creative ways to overcome long distances. We use Microsoft Teams to watch TV together and play games. We even work out together over FaceTime.

7:00 p.m. – Now is when I would do homework or take a meeting. Honestly, anything could happen. I tried to talk to my friends and deal with anything that needed to get done.

Midnight – If I’m lucky, I would be in bed. (Unlike right now because I am writing this at 12:30 a.m.). Sometimes I get my best work done at midnight or I get all my work done and go to bed early. Life during the pandemic is pretty complicated but all we can do is take it one day at a time.  

 

A Day In The Life of A Remote-Learner: Adam Adreveno

Hello, my name is Adam Adreveno and I just finished my sophomore year at PUC as a film major. A little bit about myself: I’m from a small town in Northern California and I’ve always had a dog. I like making remote-controlled lego vehicles in my free time and tinkering with all sorts of gadgets. This last quarter was a wild ride of figuring out how to keep track of all my classes when there is nothing to distinguish them in my mind. So without further ado, let me share with you a day in my life as a remote-learner. 

6:00 a.m. – I’m probably having an exciting, well-structured dream that I will not remember.

7:00 a.m. – I wake up, even though I’d like to finish that dream I was having for another hour.

8:00 a.m. – At around eight, I’ll make some breakfast of fried eggs and toast. A fun fact is that I have chickens at my house so I get fresh eggs every day! 

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9:00 a.m. This is when I have my directing class where I learn how to direct the imaginary actors living in my forehead. 

10:00 a.m. – General homework time

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11:00 a.m. – This is when I have my group production class. Usually, it’s where all the film students help each other on our movies. However, since the quarantine, this class has been more like solo production.

Noon Time for lunch as well as a stroll outside to play with my dogs.

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1:00 p.m. – Cinematography zoom lecture time.

2:00 p.m. This is when my last class directing begins, and on other days screenwriting.

4:00 p.m. – Time to collect the chicken eggs!

5:00 – 9:00 p.m. This is when I split up my time between dinner, homework, family time, and video games.

10:00 p.m. – Sleep is valuable to me because it is the time when our brains comb through everything we’ve learned and done throughout the day to record and make connections with it. So I like to end all my days reading my Bible to make sure that’s always the freshest thing in my mind.

 

A Day in The Life of A Remote-Learner – Miryam Andrianarijaona

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening or good night, wherever you are! I hope you are all safe and adjusted to our new normal. It escalated quickly, I mean who saw that coming? I’ve heard variations of how people are either bored, too busy, not busy, enjoying it, or hating it. To be honest, I’ve actually been enjoying my time at home. The beginning was a bit rough, though I knew that even if COVID wouldn’t happen I’d still do the same thing for Spring Break, sad I know. I think that this is a new version of me finding myself and taking care of myself, which I’m loving. All the patience, all the independence, it’s a bit relaxing, so I guess thank you for this slight break?  

The last two quarters I was busy, doing a bunch of outside work and extracurricular activities. Life was a bit rocky and difficult, but I grew from that and learned. I like to think that that’s the reason why this quarter feels less stressful and not as busy, even though I’m taking a full load and still able to work on other art projects. I also like to think that quarantine has helped me grow as an individual and I see a lot of new positives about it, but not ignoring that others have it rough and maybe having a really difficult time.  

I feel really privileged right now, because I am, which I am thankful for! One of the best things that have happened was finding flour and toilet paper. I swear, some people are either hiding large stashes somewhere, because it took a while searching for some. I drove 50 mins for it and the trip took around three hours. Crazy, but I enjoyed that adventure.  

So that’s a long intro, but Hi! My name’s Miryam and I’m a BFA film major. Here’s a quick look into my life right now, it hasn’t changed too much. I start the day, the night before, as in I’m a night owl. Usually going to sleep at 1 a.m. is really early for me, so you might catch me up on social media till 4 a.m. or maybe 5 a.m. if you’re lucky. I don’t stay up for fun, usually, I’m doing my homework. I’m not too crammed though because I take my time. It’s a bit easier for me to stay up whenever my sisters are up to doing homework as well, so it’s not too bad. I wouldn’t recommend staying up this late because sometimes I get these weird tingling headaches and back pains from it all, so that’s a plus.  

Eventually, I’ll either watch YouTube or bits of movies to ease my brain from work. After that, I’ll head to bed. At around 7 a.m. I should be (but I’m not) running to train for cross country but let’s just say that’s the next thing I’ll be aiming to improve. Then (don’t tell my professors this but I just put my alarm at the time my class starts), which depending on the day, it’s either 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. which isn’t bad, since I’m in the pacific time zone. I hop out of bed and head to my “classroom” a.k.a my living room. After my first class, I have a break and that’s the time that I properly wake up to shower and get ready. Then I might snack a bit.  

Depending on the day I’ll either have a full day of classes till 9:30 p.m. (I know right, it’s a late class) or my day will consist of zero classes. During my class breaks, I’ll either work on projects or homework that may have been due a couple of days ago…oops.   

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Then eventually at around 7 or 9 p.m., depending on the day, I’ll take a fat nap for a couple of hours, just so that I can be prepared to stay up till 4 am. I love me some naps. Sadly, time has been inconvenient because I usually miss texts or calls during my nap time, which is fine.  

For me, this quarter went by quickly. I expected that it would go too slow, so yay! I’ve enjoyed most of what’s going on, there have been lower moments in life, so I’m very grateful for where I am now! Never in a million years would I have thought that this would be the way this entire year had been. So much has changed and I’ve learned from it all. I guess my one take into this year would be, that you can’t control what happens around you, but you can control how you react. You can choose to turn the negatives into positives, you can choose to accept mistakes and learn, you can choose to grow. I’ve learned to push myself and I’ve learned that I need to say no sometimes.

I think the best thing out of this entire school year is that I feel like I’ve found out way more about myself and I’ve been able to use it in a way that I can help others around me. I look forward to finishing this school year strong and having a relaxing summer. I’m excited to see everyone in the fall! I wish all of you guys safety and for seniors, I hope you guys know that I, your professors, friends, and family are proud of you! For those affected, if there is anything I can do, I would love to help in any way that I can!  

 

A Day In The Life of A Remote-Learner: Miriam Yu

Hi, my name is Miriam. I’m majoring in management for medical professionals, pre-occupational therapists, and minoring in communication. All of these majors might be scary but I’m actually ahead of schedule so I’m only taking 13 credits this quarter. I’m an international student from Hong Kong and I recently relocated to Southern California to stay with a friend so I’m doing my remote-learning from their place.

Besides the fact that I can’t see all my friends, I’m actually enjoying my time doing remote learning. Since school moved online, my schedule became more flexible. Most of my classes don’t have meetings, so I usually start my day at around 10 a.m. (I know you’re jealous, that’s why I really recommend summer class so you can be ahead too!) 

Here’s my daily routine: 

10 a.m. – Wake up and drink a big cup of water to replace my usual coffee. (Yes, I am addicted to coffee and I’m trying to get out of it. This is something I’m trying to accomplish through this quarantine time. I’m trying to control myself from caffeine.)

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10:30 a.m. – I’m ready, let’s get the day started! Yes, I only take 30 minutes or even less to get ready because I don’t dress up and don’t put makeup on anymore. Maybe sometimes when I’m really bored, I will put on some light makeup just to make myself feel better. But that does not happen often. My daily breakfast is toast with vegan salad on top! It is so delicious. Highly recommended! 

11 a.m. – I start doing my homework and classes. Since I’m only taking 13 credits, I usually do most of my stuff on Sunday and I will do the leftovers bit by bit every day. I know a lot of people mentioned it is not recommended to work on your bed. However, I enjoy my time on my bed and I’m lazy. I promise I can actually concentrate. if you can’t don’t follow this! 

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1 p.m. – Time for lunch. I usually eat something heavier, so I don’t have to eat that much during dinner. Today, I’m going to eat potato salad, like a lot of potato salad. 

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2 p.m. – Class time. I only have one class that meets on Tuesday. I love this class and recommend it to everyone. Professor Toledo is the best teacher ever!! 

4 p.m. – Time for a break. I usually go downstairs and play with the dog for a little bit and stay in the backyard enjoying the view. Especially this week, the sun is out, and it’s 90 degrees in Southern California. Super-hot! On Friday or Saturday, I will go for a walk near the neighborhood, or just relax.

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5 p.m. – Time to work. I’m still working as a TA, therefore, I still need to input grades, upload files, and answer students’ questions.  

6:30 p.m. – Time for dinner. As I said before, I usually have a light dinner, so my dinner will be SALAD!!!!!! 

8 p.m. – I don’t do much after dinner. I usually facetime with my friends or family to catch up on what’s happening in their life. I encourage everyone to do this. I’m an introvert, but this shelter-in-place really has me anxious. Not because I’m worried about my health, but I need to socialize to keep myself alive. Facetiming helps me to stay positive.  

That’s it! I hope you enjoy this and I wish to see everyone again soon. I miss our student life on campus. Be sure to follow all the updates through the PUC email because I know the school is still planning activities for us. Stay healthy, positive, and most importantly, stay safe. 

  

 

 

A Day In The Life of A Remote-Learner: Drew Biswas 

Hey friends! My name is Drew Biswas. I am an exercise science major with a minor in business and I wanted to share my “routine” for life taking online classes!

So I say “routine”, however, I definitely listen to my body a lot more nowadays. These are really crazy times so if my body says we need an extra hour of sleep then I oblige. Regardless, this is generally how it goes.

7:00 a.m. – Wake-up time. I usually don’t eat breakfast as soon as I wake up but I’ll make some tea just so I’m in a habit of putting something in my digestive system. During this time I take a shower, study my bible, pray, and do some chores around the house.

8:00 a.m. – Prepping for classes. If the weather is good I like to take my desk set up outside so I can soak up that good vitamin D while I get prepared for my classes ahead and hang out with my dog Barry (Named after Barry Allen, the DC superhero The Flash, ironically because he looks really goofy when he runs)!

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9:00 a.m. – Classes start. From now until about 3 p.m. I have most of my classes. I usually eat lunch at noon, my family is half Indian so we have a ton of good Indian food at home.

3:00 p.m. –  So speaking of living in an Indian house, we have to have tea time at three, so everyone in the house stops what we’re doing so we can relax for a quick 15 and enjoy my mom’s chai (who is the nurse the mug refers to)!

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3:30 p.m. – I live in the Bay area so there are a lot of great hiking spots to social distance at! Barry loves coming with me so he can run and stretch his legs for a little bit, and there are always great views!

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5:00 p.m. – Family dinner is a must for the Biswas house. My mom, grandma, dad, and I all sit and chat about work and school with each other while eating my mom and dad’s amazing cooking (thanks parents!)

6:00 p.m. – This is usually the time for finishing any additional homework, studying for tests and quizzes, or reminding Barry that he’s handsome! (he has some self-confidence issues).

9:00 p.m. – Since it’s starting to get pretty warm here I usually try to do my runs in the late evening. After this, it’s time to hit the showers and hit the hay!

And that’s my day! Routine is totally important but my tip is, don’t push yourself too hard to achieve the impossible! I’d like to encourage all of you to go at your own pace. Life is super crazy right now, but every day makes me more and more excited to see you all again very soon PUC family!

 

A Day In The Life of A Remote-Learner: Lewis Govea 

“I’m Lewis Govea, a voice/pre-pharmacy major and Student Association social vice president. This makes me the authority on absolutely nothing during this quarantine! I was asked to share my experience with remote learning and so far, this is what I have come to realize: life is literally whatever you want it to be. Something I’ve noticed is that I consistently eat breakfast, but the other two meals can happen quite literally at any time or not at all. Riveting, right?

But seriously, I believe the biggest challenge of this shelter-at-home order is staying organized. Eat when? Whenever I’m hungry. When is class? I don’t remember. When is this due? Gotta check canvas for the umpteenth time. Exercise? Nah.

It’s not easy being an online student doing virtual school, but the best thing we can all do for ourselves is to figure out what works for each of us as an individual. For me, that means scheduling out each day so I can figure out what I have to do for the day instead of binge-watching YouTube. What can I say? I try.

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7:00 a.m. – Start my day by my baby niece barging into my room and waking me up.

8:00 a.m. – Eat breakfast

9:00 a.m. – Watch a morning lecture, History of Western Art with Carstens. It’s a pre-recorded lecture but I try to keep up with regular class times.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Pretty big break for homework. Maybe an asynchronous class meeting here or there.

1:00 p.m. – I always have a virtual meeting at this time, but it differs day-to-day.

2:00 p.m. – Same thing here, but these classes are more discussion-based.

3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – I try to be productive and go through each class and pick out what’s due next. Not much of a routine here, but I hope to stay on top of everything. My biggest fear is missing something just because I didn’t see it. 

 

 

A Day In The Life of A Remote-Learner: Grace Jong 

My name is Grace Jong. I’m in my first year at PUC and I’m studying to be a nurse. It’s been a few weeks since we had to leave campus and start remote learning. It’s strange not to see my friends and professors every day but it has been nice to be home in Redlands spending some extra time with my family and I’m finally getting into a rhythm. This is what a (new) typical day looks like for me.

7:30 a.m. – I start my day by making an avocado toast for my mom before she leaves for work. 

8:00 a.m. – After my mom leaves, I start cleaning around the house. I’ll wash the dishes, vacuum the floor, and clean the mirrors. 

9:30 a.m. – Watch ONWARDS from Disney+. (By the way, I’m a HUGE Disney fan!) giphy

11:00 a.m. – Start reviewing microbiology to refresh the information I studied the night before.

12:00 p.m. – Listen to the human development lecture by Professor Michael Jefferson.

1:00 p.m. – Listen to the microbiology Lecture by Dr. Backil Sung, while cooking for my dad and younger brother 

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3:00 p.m. – Start my online work for the PUC admissions office 

6:00 p.m. – BREAK TIME! 

To relax, I play the piano and guitar. I’ll also snack on some goodies like Sour Patch Kids strawberry edition.

7:30 p.m. – Start studying and get back on track! Once Micro is finally out of the way, I’ll start upcoming assignments so that I don’t get too overwhelmed by the due dates.

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10:30 p.m. – Finish everything up and go drink some 100% raspberry juice as my reward.☺️

11:15 p.m. – Wash up and watch another movie/show from Disney+. My goal is to watch all the movies and shows from Disney+ 

1 a.m. – Goodnight! 

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Tips For Successful Remote Learning

A couple weeks ago we sent our students home, asked our faculty to quickly figure out how to give their finals online, and began the process of switching to remote instruction for the foreseeable future. We are living in strange times and we are so thankful for our Pioneers family who has embraced these changes with hardly a complaint. 

Whether you’re a current PUC student or thinking about becoming one, you’re likely in the same boat, setting up your remote classroom and getting ready to learn in a whole new way. We thought it would be appropriate to share tips for successful online/remote learning.

Fun fact: PUC staff and faculty are also working from home so hopefully this will be beneficial to all of us! 

Remote learning comes in lots of forms. Some classes are taught using a platform like Zoom with regular class time, some have pre-recorded lectures with discussion boards, some will give you lecture notes and deadlines for homework and allowances to work at your own pace. No matter how your professors are choosing to conduct their classes, these tips should help! 

Set up a dedicated space to complete your work

First of all, set up a dedicated “classroom”. It’s important for you to give yourself a workplace where you can learn without distractions. Let your family or roommates know this is your classroom and you need to be allowed the opportunity to work without interruptions. 

Note: Try to add a few things that will brighten your space up! 

Make a schedule and treat your day like a normal school day 

It’s important to set a routine to follow so you don’t end up sleeping the day away even though that sounds very appealing! If you are not having regularly set lectures, use the time when your class normally meets to work on classwork. 

Eliminate distractions

As someone who got distracted by the internet about seven times just while writing this post, I’m no stranger to the need to eliminate distractions while trying to focus. While you’re “in class” turn your phone off and make sure you’re not on social media. Ask your family or roommates to allow you to have some quiet time so you can get the most out of your time. 

Give yourself dedicated homework time

Don’t let yourself fall into bad habits. Make sure you schedule a time to study and do your homework like you normally would. 

Take notes

If you’re a note-taker, keep taking them! If you’re listening to an online lecture, a pre-recorded one, or even if you’re just reading, try keeping track of important information or topics you’ll want to learn more about later on. 

Ask questions

Asking questions is always important but it’s even more important when you’re learning remotely. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for clarification or further explanation. 

Stay connected to your classmates  

Keep in touch with your classmates. Whether on discussion boards, or group texts, it’s important to stay connected. You know a great way to do that? Our next tip! 

Create a study group

You don’t have to be together physically to have study groups. Technology has given us so many great ways to connect together, use them! Band together and navigate this new challenge together. Who knows, you might make some incredible friendships while you’re at it. 

Stay in contact with your professor

Not everyone learns the same so make sure you stay in touch with your professors, they will be more than willing to work with you and help you figure out a solution. If you have questions, email or call them. If you don’t have questions, still email or call them. Check-in! They will appreciate it. 

Take frequent breaks

Make sure you take breaks, both mental and physical. Get some exercise, read something fun, watch Netflix, call a friend. Life is extremely stressful right now and you need to make sure you’re taking care of yourself. 

While we miss having our students wandering campus, in the classrooms, and popping in and out of our offices, we know eventually life will get back to normal and we look forward to the day we can welcome the Pioneers back to campus. In the meantime, we just want to say thank you for everyone’s hard work and dedication to weathering this storm together.