Twenty ways to kill time: You don’t have to be bored in quarantine


Kenyon Edmond

Mike Hoke plays a game of Fortnite in his apartment on Oct. 13, 2018. Students stuck at home during quarantine can ease their boredom with video games like Fortnite activities.

By Cassie Reichert, Staff Writer

Currently, times are strange. Going from being a busy college student with hardly no time to spending your time constantly looking at a computer screen is a massive transition.

Aside from online classes, you probably have found yourself thinking: What do I do with myself?

No need to fear; there are so many things you can do at home. If you are still having trouble finding something, here are twenty ways you can kill time while in quarantine.

Have a movie marathon. Whether it’s rewatching all the Harry Potter movies or finally seeing all the movies that won best picture at the Oscars, make some popcorn and start watching.

Clean your room.  Maybe you let your room get a little messy over winter break and still haven’t done anything about it. Or maybe you didn’t unpack anything you brought home from school yet. Now’s the time to do that.

Go for a walk. We no longer have classes we have to walk to everyday, so it’s important we get outside for some fresh air and exercise.

Make a TikTok. Learn a dance, hop on a trend or create something original. It’s one of the easiest apps to go viral on, so shoot your shot.

Start a YouTube channel. Since everyone is stuck inside with nothing to do, social media engagement is up, so now’s the best time to get noticed and gain subscribers on YouTube.

(Re-)unlock everything on Mario Kart. There’s nothing more exciting than unlocking all the characters, courses and vehicles on Mario Kart. If you have nothing to do, it can keep you entertained for days. 

Get ahead on your classwork. This might be the last thing you want to do, but you’ll thank yourself in the future. And there’s really no excuse for saying you don’t have time to do it.

Read a book. Maybe you’ve always wanted to read “Les Miserables” or the Game of Thrones books. Or you really want to reread the Harry Potter series. You have plenty of time to kill, so get at it.

Do a virtual exercise class. Most gyms are closed, and you can’t really leave your house, so look up exercises or classes you can do at home to keep you active during quarantine. 

Play a board/card game with your family. You’re probably already sick and tired of constantly being around your parents, but a fun game can ease the tensions and get your mind off the stress of the pandemic. 

Rearrange your furniture. Move your bed to a different wall. Slide your desk over. Switch things up. 

Teach yourself to play an instrument. Look up a tutorial of how to play a song on your choice of instrument, and annoy whoever else is living with you by playing the same thing over and over again until it sounds good. 

Listen to podcasts. Research the best podcasts out there, and get listening. There are tons of genres, so you’re bound to find something you enjoy.

Bake something. It can be donuts, creme brûlée, cupcakes, whatever — something impressive you can put on your Instagram story to show off. 

Binge the shows you always meant to watch. Have you watched “Tiger King” yet? What about “The Vampire Diaries?” How about “Ozark?” No? Start binging.

Catch up on the 16,527 unread emails you have. You’ll hate it, but deep down you know you want a clean inbox. While you’re at it, unsubscribe from any unwanted email subscriptions.

Take an online certification course. Get certified in the Microsoft Suite or Adobe Creative Cloud. It’s something that will help you stand out on your resume. 

Download Duolingo and learn a language. You probably won’t be fluent by the time quarantine is over, but you’ll definitely learn a substantial amount of words and phrases that could help you if you plan on going abroad.

Declutter your closet. There’s a good chance you still have clothes from middle school somewhere in your room. Get rid of anything you don’t wear or that doesn’t fit you anymore, and you can even post them on websites like Poshmark or Depop to make some extra cash.

Make dinner for your family. Look through the food you have, and find a recipe you and all your family members will enjoy. They’ll definitely appreciate it.

Cassie is a sophomore in Business.

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