As classes are moved online and students and faculty are encouraged to stay home to prevent spreading COVID-19, people may wonder what to do during self quarantine. While being cooped up during a pandemic probably wasn’t on your bucket list, there are several ways to relieve some of the stress and boredom that comes with it.
Maybe you haven’t had the chance to catch up on your favorite Netflix series. This can be an opportunity to relax and binge-watch several of those shows or movies you’ve fallen behind on.
For Kate Solberg, a sophomore marketing major, she has been spending her time catching up with family.
“I have been taking my dog for walks and getting some fresh air,” Solberg said. “Utilizing the time I have now, I can deep clean my closet along with catching up on my Netflix favorites.”
If you’re leaning towards the gamer type, consider dusting off your old gaming systems and diving into some nostalgic video games. Isabel Young, a first-year international studies and political science double major, mentioned how she enjoys playing video games to stay connected with her friends virtually. Perhaps you could explore some classic titles or even try out some drift games for an adrenaline-fueled gaming experience.
“I have gotten back into playing some childhood favorites like Minecraft and Animal Crossing to zone out and take my mind off of the news about the virus,” Young said.
Courses at USD are online temporarily until face-to-face classes can once again resume. This change in this situation may be a considerable adjustment to both students and faculty.
With that in mind, here are some tips on how to function in online classes:
Tip #1: Understand your professors and instructors are nervous about the transition to online learning. It may be your first time learning online, but it could also be your teacher’s or professor’s first time teaching online. Expect some hiccups and be patient.
Tip #2: Have realistic expectations. There could have been weeks of preparation to transitioning classes online. We’re all trying to adapt in a rapidly evolving situation so try to be flexible.
Tip #3: Minimize distractions. Even while at home, treat classes as if you are still face-to-face. Close other tabs and turn off notifications to keep from getting distracted.
Tip #4: Participate regularly. Keep in contact with professors and instructors if you need help. They’re here to help you through this tough time. Stay on a schedule to complete assignments and projects. By embracing online learning you’re doing your part to keep the coronavirus curve flat.
Tip #6: Practice social distancing. It helps stop or slow down the spread of disease and allows for the health care system to more readily care for patients over time. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19 and passing it to someone more vulnerable.
Staying inside to prevent spreading COVID-19 is something not everyone may have expected to spend the rest of the semester doing. Elevating the boredom while practicing self-care can help to manage living during this confusing time.