Student Life

This submission won second place in the Synapse Storytelling Contest's personal essay category.

I don’t know when it began, but happened gradually as the first fall quarter unfolded. First, I began by picking up little pieces that people left behind.

Five years ago, I was in my third year of pharmacy school in Singapore studying alone for my year end exams, or rather spending my time scrolling through Facebook and pretending to study.

In an era of fake news, it’s important to find the facts. This can become more complicated when there are misunderstandings about terminology (“airborne” vs “droplet-borne”) or when research is still ongoing.

Originally published in Synapse on May 25, 2006. Written by Biana Roykh. Spring means graduation here at UCSF, and all the schools have taken part in this joyous tradition.
What are you doing during the COVID-19 isolation order? Our household is busy with homeschooling two school-aged children, along with learning how to become an efficient online learner.

Although challenging, being first-generation serves as an asset.

What are you doing during the COVID-19 isolation order? COVID-19 outbreak has changed our lives rapidly and drastically, but it hasn’t changed the fact that I’m a student.

What are you doing during the COVID-19 isolation order? Catching up with old friends, playing Board Game Arena with classmates, reading books that have been sitting untouched on my shelf for months, watching a movie a day to keep the late

This submission by Lena Alazzeh entry won second prize in the 2019 Synapse Storytelling Contest photography category.