Minnie Tsai, a second-year MS in School Counseling, spent her quarantine with her family in Taiwan. Tsai visits her family often, but the quarantine gave her the opportunity to spend more time with them than usual. “This is the longest I’ve been in Taiwan in five years,” Tsai explains. While she was initially nervous to board a plane during the pandemic, she felt safe in Taiwan, saying “it was a privilege to be able to fly home.”
She soon settled into a routine, carefully balancing her summer classes with intentional family time. Due to the time difference, Tsai had to wake up at 5:20 a.m. to attend her synchronous classes. School, a great coffeeshop nearby and inspirational articles about the pandemic kept her motivated to continue her school work this summer.
In addition to her studies, Tsai took the opportunity to explore one of her passions by enrolling in a community center art class in colored pencil sketching. “Art,” Tsai says, “is something I have loved since elementary school, but haven't really devoted time to it.”
She also made time to reflect on her gratitude for her health, and the extra time she had with family during the pandemic. “Maybe we need to make more of the time we have to connect, whether virtually or in person,” she says. Tsai is certain that the one thing she’ll take away from her quarantine experience is, “I really love my family.”