Lockdown, Stock Up, and Online Education: The Era of Corona
Quarantine, job loss, infection. These are the only words that you see on news headlines today. With this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there are many overwhelming changes being implemented throughout society, such as stay-at-home orders, travel restrictions, and no school. To help the world fight this disease, though, it is important that we do our job as a citizen and comply with these stay at home orders and not to go out unless it is absolutely necessary. So now, your question might be, how can I keep myself at home and not die of eternal boredom? Well, to answer that question, I have a few tips as to how you can keep yourself occupied at home while still keeping yourself safe.
Tip 1: Try Something New at Home
Never learned how to cook? Wanted to read a book but didn’t have time to do so before? Well, with this COVID-19 pandemic, you’re more likely going to have a lot of free time, so might as well utilize that time by trying to explore those uncharted lands. For example, I am not a very culinary chef, but over the past few weeks, I learned how to do some simple cooking tasks such as cutting vegetables, cooking rice, making pasta, etc. Who knows? You might find that you are an exquisite chef or an avid reader.
Tip 2: Go Above and Beyond the Online Learning Curriculum
Online learning is a new experience for both students and teachers, and as a result, the curriculum might not be as rigorous and structured as regular school. If you think this is true, try doing more practice on the same subject or try going above and beyond your grade. Khan Academy offers free practice for a wide variety of subjects from grades K-12. Also, as a side note, be sure to thank your teachers for their hard work and tutelage. They are doing everything they can to educate you and keep you busy during these unprecedented times.
Tip 3: Socialize with your friends using Video Chat
It is human nature that we want to congregate with our comrades in a crisis, but in a disease outbreak such as this, we cannot even amalgamate with our closest of friends for the risk of spreading the pandemic. But the fact that you are physically isolated doesn’t mean that you have to be mentally isolated, too; in perilous times such as these, technology comes to the rescue! Services such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, and FaceTime allow you to virtually see your friends without needing to even go out of your home. For example, my friends and I organize Zoom meetings to play video games; this is so we can still see each other’s faces while playing on our screens.
I hope that these few tips keep you occupied while you are forced to stay at home. Remember, quarantining yourself at home can save a person’s life.