Torch sound off – Favorite quarantine activity

Last March, the world was thrown into lockdown as medical experts fought to contain the novel coronavirus. Despite the continuous horrors of 2020, people found
ways to make the best of stay-at-home orders. For now, most of the world has returned to semi-normalcy. But here are some of our favorite quarantine activities as we reflect on one of the strangest times of our lives, and perhaps prepare for yet another lockdown.

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Exploring the city by Amanda Landwehr 

When the mandatory stay-at-home order was implemented in London (where I was living at the time), I thought of it as a good opportunity to get outside and see the city. Initially, I was too optimistic. Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that people could only leave their homes for up to an hour. However, this rule was lifted in early May. So, when I got the chance, I dragged my flatmate across the city. We watched the sunset in Regent’s Park, visited an unusually quiet Abbey Road, ate fish ‘n’ chips in Hyde Park and walked the streets of Soho. Honestly? My quarantine in London wasn’t half bad.

Decorating your space by Jules Banks 

I know this activity sounds a little tame, but trust me on this — nothing is a better distraction than little creative tasks. From March to now, I’ve been doing weekly artsy projects, whether it’s painting interpretations of the skyline and hanging it on the wall or decorating my room with an array of plants, new shelves and posters. Creating a comfortable, unique space for myself over the course of the quarantine has made staying inside more bearable, as well as getting to push my creative side in ways that I haven’t done before. 

Binge watching reality TV by Andrea Lee

As someone who personally loves spending time cozied up with an addictive TV show, I can personally say I spent a great amount of this lockdown rewatching old favorites like “Supernanny” and all the wonder that is the “90 Day Fiance” franchise. I also discovered new reality shows like Netflix’s cringe-inducing hit “Too Hot to Handle” and the return of MTV’s “16 and Pregnant.” What better way to escape our current reality than to turn your brain off and indulge in mind-numbing TV?

Playing video games by Mohammad Samra 

Pandemic or not, I always find myself firmly glued to my Playstation 4 during my free time. I often play games like Rocket League or various Call of Duty titles online with the same group of friends I’ve had since high school. Despite social distancing, our chaotic Playstation party chats often make it feel like we’re in the same room. Some of my fondest memories have stemmed from random 2 a.m. gaming sessions, and I often turn to gaming to alleviate a lot of my stress.

Playing basketball by Santino Torres

When Indiana began slowly reopening parks to the public, Chicago hoopers took to the streets of Porter County, then Lake County in Indiana a week later to satisfy their desire for basketball in the absence of the NBA. During this time, I preferred smaller, more deserted parks to practice social distancing. Playing basketball in a small Portage, Indiana park with only a handful of my friends ensured we could still have fun playing the game we love while at the same time practicing and following safety protocols as recommended by health officials.

Reading by Ayumi Davis

It had been a minute since I avidly read for pleasure. And by a minute, I mean since I was in high school. Thus, with quarantine, I found myself with plenty of time to reacquaint myself with some books. It gave me the opportunity to read novels that had been on my list for a while, and I finally had the chance to discover some new genres to dive into. I’m a sucker for YA novels so there was plenty of drama, adventure, love triangles, betrayals and just some plain awesome badassery.

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