What To Do
We understand that for many students, boredom is a pressing issue during the virus. As such, here is an exhaustive list of everything we could think of for students to do:
This list is still in development, so please complete with this form with suggestions!
Make this list into a competition! See who in your friend group or your school can complete the most activities in the fastest time, then compile a video of everyone completing their activities. It is possible we may not be able to see each other again in school for a while, but that doesn't mean we can't make memories!
Read! Many of us have stopped pleasure reading, and this is the perfect time to start again! Good Reads is an amazing place to find new books that you will enjoy.
Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Discord or in some other way video chat or phone call with friends! Stay connected. It can make this time far less isolating.
Play board games! Monopoly, Scrabble, and Clue all rock! There are also online board game websites, like this one.
Play cards! Rummy, Spit, Crazy 8s, and (non-betting) Poker are just a few great possibilities!
Play video games with your friends (e.g. Jackbox, Minecraft, etc)
Take a walk around your property! Check out a part of the house or the yard you haven't been to in in a while.
Do physical activity! Working out helps distract you from your current situation, and any sort of physical activity helps in times like this.
Play an instrument, sing, or go online to make music! Pick up or practice an instrument, sing your heart out, or go online to create some synth/drumpad music! (Try This One)
Get your sleep schedule back on track. Imagine coming back to school with a normal sleep schedule all lined up and ready to go - you'll be ready to go during the day while the rest of your friends sleep off their all-nighter!
Make some new friends! Find someone on your social media or in the phonebook who you vaguely know but never really talked to and just start talking! You're not going to see them in person for a few weeks, so even if things get awkward you have nothing to worry about! Now is a particularly unique time to reach out to new people without negative repercussions!
Do some writing! Writing is good for your mind and your mindset, and it is different for everyone. You don't have to write a book. You don't even have to write a page. All you have to do is write something.
Start growing a plant! If you have any sort of receptacle that can act as a pot, stick a plant in it and start growing! Just be careful you know what you're growing - don't want to put potted poison ivy in your house!
Take some pictures! Our phone cameras are much more powerful than any $2,000 camera our parents might have owned, yet we barely use them for the sake of taking pictures of pretty things! Take a look around your house and see if you can get some interesting angles on ordinary objects.
Get a leg up on your schoolwork! Just because there's no school in session doesn't meant you can't tear through a bunch of assignments or readings you got before you left! You'll look like a god among your classmates and you'll do much better grades-wise when you get back.
Learn a new skill that you never had the time to explore before. Some good examples include learning to code a specific language or learning to produce music.
Cook! Cooking is a valuable skill to have now, and is the yellow brick road to popularity in college. Learn now and you'll be set for life. (Try These Recipes).
Get a high score on that video game you've been meaning to play for a while, but make sure you're playing or at least talking with someone else! Use this time to socialize, not distance yourself.
Play some well-intentioned (and non-dangerous) pranks on your siblings or family! Don't hurt anyone or hurt their feelings, but some good old-fashioned joking around can really help lighten the mood in a time like this.
Hug a family member (in your household). They'll appreciate it.
Have a virtual rock paper scissors match! If you want to get intense, start adding in more than just rock, paper, scissors as you move through the time off of school (e.g. lizard, spock, etc.).
Talk to college admissions counselors, employers, or union members! I'm sure they would love to hear from you during this time, and this is a great time to make connections that will help you in the future.
Dance your heart out to a favorite song. No one can see you, and no one's going to come knocking on your door, so might as well DANCE WHILE YOU HAVE THE CHANCE!
Start an art project! Paint something, sculpt something, take some photos and make a collage - whatever makes you happy. Just like the dancing above, no one has to see it if you don't want them to.
Write down all of your frustrations on a piece of paper and find some way to burn/destroy it (safely). This is a great release exercise and can help you let go of a lot of the anger associated with this crisis (ALSO GO AND VENT IN OUR GOOGLE FORM HERE!).
Get together as many people as possible on a video call to see when the server crashes. It will be chaotic fun for your class, family, or friends and a funny experience to look back on.
Start a game of scrabble online with friends! Words with Friends is a great app and can be used for long-distance word play.
Try a new drink or food that you never tried before! Now is the time, and it's always great to expand your palatte!
Write a thank you note to medical staff or other essential workers and post it on your social media! Encourage your friends to do the same to make such staff feel welcomed and appreciated.
Take a video of yourself talking, singing, reading, or doing whatever you want to and send it in to a local senior home to be shown to isolated senior citizens! They are surely lonely during this crisis and we have a responsibility as the younger generation to do what we can to help them.