How to Get through a Pandemic: Wittenborg's Daniel O'Connor Leads the Way

Welcome to our new series where staff and students will share little bits on how they are adjusting to the new normal of life during a health pandemic like COVID-19. First up is Wittenborg lecturer, Daniel O’Connell, who is from Ireland. He also sent us a fun picture of his first passport photo!

Wittenborg Lecturer Daniel O'Connell Shows Us How an Irish Sense of Humour and Some Good Daily Habits Will Get you through a Pandemic

"If Any Negativity gets in, Show Them through the Back Door"

Welcome to our new series where staff and students will share little bits on how they are adjusting to the new normal of life during a health pandemic like COVID-19. First up is Wittenborg lecturer, Daniel O’Connell, who is from Ireland and has worked at Wittenborg since 2004. He also sent us a fun picture of his first passport photo!

What helps you to stay positive?
Daily conscious decisions to be positive no matter what. Allow no negativity whatsoever to remain in your mind … If they do come in then let them, but then direct them out through the back door, and NEVER EVER SERVE THEM TEA, OTHERWISE THEY HANG AROUND FOREVER!

How are you spending your free time in quarantine?
Yoga, meditation, lots and lots of study, my instruments and walks in quiet, healing nature

Have you developed any new hobbies during the quarantine time?
I have many interests, but I plan to go deeper with them.

What are some changes you have had to make to your home life to accommodate working from home?
I meditate more.

What do you like most about online learning/teaching?
Everything. It is a steep but a good learning curve for me.

What do you like least about online learning/teaching?
I miss the exchanges that normally occur in class.

What is something you now realise that you took for granted before the COVID19 pandemic?
Time is precious and whoever and whatever one loves should be either told or done now, not tomorrow!

Sláinte

WUP 19/4/2020
by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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