Life as a University Student During Covid-19
Caitlin Barr explores the reality of ‘attending’ university during the pandemic and provides some ways you can still stay entertained
This lockdown has felt harder than the first two in so many ways. Perhaps you’re locked down with housemates who are driving you up the wall, or maybe you’re stuck at home and missing your student digs. The days are dark and short, the news is often frightening, and for many, academic pressures are making everything even harder.
With all of this in mind, here are some ways I’ve found to bring some much-needed joy to the endless hours in lockdown.
Yes, we all got sick of banana bread in lockdown one, but there are loads of other recipes to try out. I’ve been baking something new each Saturday morning, and finding that planning, shopping for, and following the recipes adds a simultaneous structure and (sad as it may sound) excitement to my week. This joy can be so easily shared with housemates, family, or friends as you can bake extra to share with your bubble or to drop off around town on your lockdown walks.
2. Go on Walks
Speaking of walks, why not explore a new area? We’re somewhat limited by how far we’re allowed to travel, but in Exeter we’re spoilt for choice locally. During this lockdown and the last, I discovered three new parks all within walking distance of my house. Why not try listening to an audiobook or podcast on your journey, whether just for fun or for your modules? Despite the rubbish weather, it’s important to get outside.
3. Cocktail Night
If, like me, you’re deeply missing Monkey Suit’s 2for1 cocktails, this lockdown activity might hit the spot. Get everyone in your bubble to make a cocktail for everyone else one night. You could mix it up by rating the drinks ‘Come Dine With Me’ style or go fancy and dress up for the occasion. If people in your household don’t drink, or you don’t fancy getting tipsy in front of your parents, there are plenty of mocktail recipes floating about.
The days are getting longer and every day more people are getting vaccinated. Everything may feel fairly dismal right now, but finding distractions is key to keeping motivated and positive.