Remote Learning in the Tropics

On Spring Break, I left Boston excited to visit home again for a week. Seven months later, while some are welcoming Fall in Boston, I am studying from Panama’s everlasting heat and humidity. Panama has had one of the longest and strictest lockdowns, lasting from March up until three weeks ago. With the Fall semester having started in full force, I’ve gotten creative finding different corners where to study. 

I recently remembered I had a hammock stashed away in my closet. After long hours of sitting at my desk, I’ve come to love attending lectures or doing homework from the comfort of my hammock. My dog also enjoys popping in every once in a while to see what I’m up to. 

Studying from my hammock — and a curious visitor!

Panama’s rainy season extends for most of the year. However, we do get some beautiful, sunny days every so often. When a tropical rainstorm is not raging, leaving fog as an afterthought, I enjoy sitting out on the terrace and getting some work done. 

Foggy mornings
Enjoying a sunny day

Constantly hopping from one Zoom call to the other can take a toll on you. In the afternoons, I try to go on walks as a way to de-stress. Although I live in the city, there are countless trails closeby. I have found that enjoying the greenery and taking in some fresh air always revitalizes me for another day of repeating the process all over again. 

Scenic walks
Scenic walks

Sofia Fabrega, Staff Writer

Sofia Fabrega is a sophomore at Boston University pursuing a dual degree in advertising and psychology. Currently in Panama, the country she grew up in, Sofia is taking advantage of BU’s Learn from Anywhere format and is studying remotely. When she is not exploring her writing interests, Sofia volunteers at the BU Brain and Early Experiences Lab. Some of her hobbies include reading, photography, and playing the piano.

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