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Quarantine with RippleWorx, Jonas Hummels

Introduce yourself, tell us about a typical day for you prior to COVID-19.

Hello, my name is Jonas Hummels, one of the founders of Rippleworx. I used to be a soccer player as well, but my knees began refusing to act properly. Since I am still a student and currently working on my Master thesis, I am using the time zone difference, when the US is still asleep, and working on my thesis.

What does a typical day look like for you now, in quarantine?

My days involve finishing my thesis, which technically hasn't changed. I now have fewer excuses not to work on it, since the travelling and commentating on soccer games, which I am also involved in, has ceased.

What has been the biggest change for you, living in quarantine?

The biggest change for me, since I consider myself an extremely social person, is obviously the lack of personal contact and social interaction.  Calling and talking is nice, but I enjoy and need the direct interactions, as well as the physical closeness, I typically have with my friends and family.

What kinds of things are keeping you active in this situation?

Having been a competitive athlete during my first career, I would say that a large part of me wants to move a lot and be active. Therefore, I am exercising a lot during this situation. I enjoy running, biking, yoga, etc.

What kinds of things are keeping you mentally healthy during this time?

Relaxing! I read a couple of books and calm myself with knowing that we are going to be fine again, after a while.

What’s your guilty quarantine pleasure?


Are you enjoying any books, tv shows, board games, etc.?

I’ve been enjoying books, board games and TV shows, in that order. Knausgaard is my favorite author at the moment, but the Last Dance documentary about MJ and the 90’s Bulls are pretty close.

What are you looking forward to most, once quarantine is over?

I’m looking forward to travelling again, but I am mostly looking forward to meeting and spending time with friends.

What advice do you have for our readers?

It's not COVID specific advice, but in general I would say that in some cases, less is more.  Sometimes, the best will come out if you are not doing “the most”!

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