Check out our exclusive interview with Camilo Jaramillo, a fourth-year law student at IE University. He shares his tips and tricks for keeping on top of classwork while staying active during the quarantine.
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Camilo Jaramillo moved to Madrid at a very young age and has lived there for most of his life. Camilo is currently a fourth-year law student and a co-captain of the futsal team at IE University. For Camilo, the team is his family and he’s very proud to be a part of it.
What do you think about IE University Athletics?
I believe the university is great at actively encouraging athletics—we’re supported by extremely competent staff who are always happy to help us. I’ve really enjoyed and will continue to enjoy every minute at practice, every second of every game, and even all the long journeys when we play away.
What do you think about online classes due to the current health crisis with COVID-19? How does it affect your daily routine and what do you think about the technological services offered by IE University?
I think IE University has done a magnificent job moving all classes to the online platform without affecting the university’s academic excellence and high-quality teaching. Of course, this is a completely new and daunting situation to which we must adapt. However, IE has gone above and beyond to provide us with all the necessary tools and resources we need to adapt to the changing circumstances.
My daily routine as well as everybody else’s has been affected by the crisis, but I believe it also offers us an opportunity to grow, learn, and come out the other side stronger than ever. As IE students, we’re very lucky to have support from an institution that has done everything possible to continue our classes without affecting our academic calendar.
How do you balance studying online and keeping fit?
In my opinion, it’s very important to stay active throughout these uncertain times. As we’re spending all of our time at home, it’s easy to become lazy. Ever since the quarantine started I’ve tried to work out every day, even if just for a short while. When my classes aren’t too early in the morning I workout before, and if they’re too early I workout in the afternoon. I think it’s essential that we plan our days in advance so we can manage our time properly and get all of our tasks done—that’s the key to balancing my academic obligations with my workout routines.
What are your recommendations for keeping healthy while in quarantine?
As mentioned before, as we’re spending all of our time at home, it’s very easy to become complacent, sleep more than necessary, and eat more than what we should. Therefore, I would recommend following a fixed but flexible routine. Go to bed at a normal time, wake up at a reasonable time, eat healthily, and exercise everyday for an hour. I also recommend checking social media for workout plans. Many personal trainers are uploading their exercises for free and they offer some great routines to follow. Also, if anyone needs it, I’m more than happy to share my workout routine. Besides physical activity—which for me is fundamental—I also suggest staying intellectually active, so read books, study, and challenge your mind.