Today, I visited UCLA, which is the school that I attended as an undergraduate. It has been aptly nicknamed a “ghosttown”; the once-lively sidewalks and soliciting on BruinWalk have been replaced by a somber and 6-foot apart reality. Despite the weird campus circumstances, I discovered that I missed it. Maybe I missed in-person education more than anything else, although Zoom Graduate School has its advantages: I can do school anywhere with functioning WiFi, my cat can strut across my laptop, flashing his furry behind and not being told off, and I can even multi-task, doing reports during easier parts of class.
Ironically, I’m writing so much about classes on a day when I don’t have any. Today was a really good day, though. In the morning, I read about the parieto-frontal theory and the WAIS-IV test for my Intellectual Assessment class. Then, I did an intense cardio workout on a borrowed yoga mat. My boyfriend’s mom was in a meeting, so I gesticulated dramatically at the mat and then back at myself until she gave me a thumbs up.
After that, my boyfriend and I stopped at UCLA (him because of his lab meeting, me because I wanted to go anywhere but home). I holed up on the fifth floor of the engineering building, where I did some more reading for class and finished 3 reports. UCLA has a strict mask policy; imagine breathing only your own air, except for 4 hours straight.
The only other thing of note is that an engineering guy hit on me while I was in the building. My first instinct was to pull off my mask to introduce myself (before I remembered that a) one doesn’t reveal their face during introductions anymore and b) you are being hit on, Vera). I can’t remember the last time I was able to talk with a stranger!
It felt really good to get out of the house. A change in location was just what I needed. In the evening, I watched episode 1 of Bridgerton (my review: vastly over-hyped, but with nice outfits). And that was my day 🙂