Risa Takenaka, ESTEEM '20
[Editor's note: Departing somewhat from our usual "My Week in ESTEEM" format, current student Risa Takenaka shares her experience, candidly and with humor, since learning that Notre Dame's classes would move online. This news came on March 11, just as the class was finishing up their Spring Break week in Silicon Valley.
This is the first post in the series. Check back often for new installments.]
Reporting live from St. Charles, MO, this is Risa Takenaka on day ____ (insert literally any number) of quarantine. Today was a scary day in the Takenaka household, as my dad made a public service announcement that the residents need to be more frugal with their toilet paper usage, and that our supply has dwindled down to the single digits. Trying times call for our best selves, and I guess I will come out on the other side of this pandemic as a more efficient person.
I consider myself lucky that this is my primary struggle at the moment, and that for the most part, myself and many of us are removed from the most immediate and detrimental health effects of COVID-19. But that is not to say that we haven’t felt the wide reaching consequences of this pandemic in our tight knit ESTEEM community.
In the past few weeks, our once daily commutes to Innovation Park, to the gym, to friends’ places, and other reasons to leave the house have slowly dwindled in their frequency. My morning routine of getting ready for the day has been replaced with packing up boxes to move out of my beloved South Bend home, 818. As we all scramble to adjust to online classes, social distancing, and attempt to keep up with the ever changing updates about the status of our country, I’ve found myself experiencing random waves of loneliness and uncertainty.