5 Things To Do During Quarantine

Peter Li '20, Contributing Writer

While on our extended “break” from work and school, it’s difficult not to miss our friends, teachers, and the things we love. So to help you enjoy your social distancing, check out the following 5 favorite things to do during the quarantine.

1. The Playoffs In Your Living Room
The sports season may have been suspended, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your game on. Try practicing your free throws on your home basketball hoop or rally the tennis ball off the wall or a garage door. Don’t let the quarantine stop you from practicing or picking up a new sport. You can coordinate your own virtual challenges with your friends like HORSE or 3-point contests. Now is a great time to run on that treadmill, bench your All-Purpose flour, or just do your old fashioned push-ups and sit-ups.

2. Practice Your Culinary Arts
It’s time to refine your cooking skills. With millions of online recipes and a lot of new free time, you could learn to prepare something to satisfy your taste buds. Start with simple recipes (like peanut butter cookies or scrambled eggs) and work your way up to complicated cuisines like the famous Beef Wellington or French croissants. Don’t worry if you aren’t a master chef right away. There are dozens of online tutorials, videos, and instructions to help you out on your cooking endeavors.

3. Acquire Superior Intelligence
If you’re are an academic overachiever, now is the perfect time to learn something new. In 2020, there are a number of free online courses and lectures available to everyone. Consider trying MIT’s Opencourseware or EdX, sites with hundreds of free college lectures brought to you by some of the most prestigious universities in the world. If you’re interested in a broader course catalog and aren’t afraid to spend a few dollars, try exploring Udemy courses, taught by people from all around the world.

4. Become A Critic
Now is the best time to start binge-watching a new movie or television series. In recent years, with the rise of movie streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu, movie buffs are no longer limited to the big screen and with the recent quarantine, stremaming platforms is how we are watching movies. I highly recommend Disney’s highly claimed series The Mandalorian or ABC’s The Good Doctor. If you’re really bold try watching 2011’s movie Contagion starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon; it’s a film that eerily predicts events from the current pandemic.

5. Learn A New Skill
We’ve all had a certain skill we wanted to learn, but never got around to actually learning it. Whether it be playing the guitar, learning to code, or even just spinning a pen, now is a great time to acquire that new skill. If you’re having trouble finding the inspiration or even the motivation check out Mike Boyd on YouTube, his videos can help give you a few headers on where to start.

We are currently living during unprecedented times right now. So consider one of these activities to help you get through the quarantine.