This semester, Vasquez is enrolled in two classes. One takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings and the other doesn't have a fixed meeting time. Aside from these classes, Vasquez participates in research group meetings and extracurricular activities like clubs. Vasquez is involved in research clubs and a mentoring program where he guides an undergraduate physics student.Vasquez sleeps and works in the same room. His work desk is right next to his bed. Vasquez told Business Insider he checks the weather and WhatsApp, a messaging platform, as soon as he wakes up.I used to check Instagram — that's the only social networking app I had on my phone — but I deleted the app just to avoid extra distractions, Vasquez told Business Insider.He said that when studying from home, it can be harder to focus.I think that it's easier to get distracted during online classes, Vasquez said. There are many other distractions when you're in the classroom, but I think because of the setting, it's easier to get distracted with anything on your screen.After checking his phone for updates, it's time for Vasquez to rise.I usually stay in bed for like five more minutes and find the determination to stand up, he added.Vasquez prepares a simple breakfast, like cereal or blueberries with yogurt, and watches Netflix or Disney Plus while he eats. I avoid things like reading the news or checking my mail just because I take that time for myself to be calm, he added.He lives in an apartment with another student in his program from Guatemala.I actually know him from several years ago, Vasquez told Business Insider. We went to high school together.While Vasquez and his roommate are in the same physics program, they are in different classes and research groups.We let each other know if we have any meeting or class so we know when we can't interrupt the other person or knock on their door or whatever, Vasquez added.Before heading back to his room at around 8:40 a.m., Vasquez makes a cup of coffee.I bring my coffee to my desk and I start checking my email or Twitter just to see what's up with people and news and things like that, Vasquez said.If he has some time before class, Vasquez checks to see if there is homework due or if he has any questions for the professor about the material. It's basically about taking figures and shaping them in different ways, and in terms of mathematical language, trying to describe these changes, he told Business Insider.Vasquez has to look up the meeting ID to enter the lecture. Then he turns on his camera, but not his mic.I don't turn on the mic unless I have a question or comment at any point during the lecture, he added.During the lecture, Vasquez says students have the option to symbolically raise their hands.The professor prefers it this way. He's usually looking down because he also using a tablet as a whiteboard, Vasquez told Business Insider. I think he gets a notification whenever someone uses this option and when he notices that he calls on you.Vasquez says he experiences Zoom fatigue, which is similar to burnout.I am working with my therapist on self-care techniques to take breaks, clear my mind, relax, and just take some time for myself during the day, he added.Around noon, Vasquez switches gears to either homework or research. He may have homework for his other class, where he analyzes data for an experimental physics group. It doesn't have a fixed schedule because they send over the data whenever they have it, and it's up to me how I do it, Vasquez added.A typical lunch for Vasquez is chicken or another protein combined with bread or rice and vegetables. Vasquez's afternoons are typically reserved for research group meetings and extracurricular activities. In Vasquez's journal club, one member picks a recent research paper and gives an informal presentation on it. When it was in person, we used the chalkboard, but now people usually have some slides ready to talk about these papers, he explained.Vasquez also engages in a seminar that includes other research groups with more formal presentations.Brown Bag is another extracurricular activity Vasquez participates in. He said it's really similar to the journal club, except it's not about someone else's research — it's about your own research he added.Once a week on Wednesday's, Vasquez mentors an undergraduate physics student.Each week they have reading assignments to complete, Vasquez told Business Insider. They have to tell me about what they read and try to use their own words in order to describe information.Then he takes another shower.I have contact with very few people right now compared to the number of people that I interacted with on campus, Vasquez told Business Insider.Vasquez said he tries to keep his working time under eight hours each day, but it varies depending on what he has to do that week.