COVID-19 came and swept up the nation into self-isolation, and people have resorted to a variety of activities to stay sane during the six months of recommended quarantine.

With the ability to socialize with friends stripped for the majority of quarantine, students had to find other ways to entertain themselves for the time spanning from March to August. Many students took it upon themselves to learn new skills, perfect previous ones and spend their time outside. 

“Everything I tried got boring really quickly,” junior Emilee Huyn said. “I eventually started painting every day and now my room is covered in tons of different designs I painted.” 

During the pandemic, people have had to resort to the old-fashioned way of having fun: going out and finding entertainment wherever they can. While some students were able to entertain themselves with creative activities, others resorted to physical activities outside such as running, biking, swimming, and other forms of exercise. 

“I started working out,” junior Kasey Moriarty said. “I know, crazy. I got so bored of TikTok and Instagram that I started listening to podcasts and going on runs down Greenway.”

Due to the limitations in place for people during these difficult times, gatherings were limited to 15 people or less. 

Students made due only socializing with their closest friends and wearing masks while doing it. Those who had spring and summer birthdays had to make accommodations for their celebrations, and many even opted out of small parties, holding drive-by celebrations instead. 

“For my birthday, my mom invited all my friends to drive by my house to wish me a happy birthday,” sophomore Susanna Dejcz said. 

During this hard time, students managed to find ways to entertain themselves while still complying with CDC guidelines.

“Quarantine could have been better, but it also could have been much worse,” Huyn said. “At the end of the day, all that matters is that we stay safe.”