B.N., 19, a student in Nairobi, Kenya

One would think that the idea of confinement at home wouldn’t be much of a problem for an introvert like myself. To be frank, i’ve had mixed feelings about it. Of course the break was welcome as on normal days my schedule is pretty packed but I definitely don’t like how indefinite the timing of this is. The uncertainty of the situation is troubling. I have also in general become more lax in handling my schoolwork, spending most of the day in bed watching series and having daydreams.

This has also weirdly enough been a time for reflection and self-discovery. As a person who loves to spends time on the internet, this time has been valuable in the sense that I have discovered amazing music artists who definitely speak to my soul and have calmed my spirits. I have also been able to read more works of fiction than I ever would have with my usual schedule. I also reached out to old friends over this time and ended up having a mini internet reunion!

All in all, quarantine has had the bad and the good. I’m just trying to make the best out of it.

[submitted on 5/13/2020]

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