Going into online learning I knew that it was going to take a lot of commitment to stay on top of academic work, especially without the benefit of physically being on campus. Since communicating in person wasn’t going to be an option, it was going to take a whole lot of messaging, video chatting, and emailing to make sure I was learning and performing at the best of my ability. I think I can say that I was prepared for that transition, given most of my courses at Mines have had virtual components. What I didn’t expect was how much I took regularly seeing my friends for granted. I can at times be introverted, but quarantine has proven to me that humans are at the core, social creatures. I quite honestly had to learn how to actively find ways to interact with my friends – even a short Zoom conference would alleviate bucketloads of anxiety I didn’t know I had. In the midst of all uncertainty, I needed interaction to stay sane – it just required some new techniques.