Now that most of us are back home struggling to deal with crippling boredom during this quarantine, it’s easy to waste day after day doing nothing but sleeping and eating. For incoming college students, I figured I’d come up with a list of five things that you can do while at home. Doing any of these will ensure your college experience will be a much more fruitful time!
- Learn a new musical instrument
With so much time on your hands, learning a new instrument is definitely a possibility. I remember during my freshman year in the dorms, one of my floormates had a guitar and a bunch of us would always congregate in his room and vibe together. Being able to play a musical instrument is a great conversation starter, and it also gives you something to do when you’re trying to destress once you’re in school.
- Try Calisthenic workouts
Staying healthy is definitely something that is important to keep in mind when you get to college. It can be easy to neglect your health and spend day and night studying for exams, but having a healthy body can actually improve your state of mind. If you struggle to get up and get to the gym, doing bodyweight workouts are a great way to stay fit. Doing a couple pushups and ab workouts at home will help you develop a habit, so when you get to college you can do the same thing in your dorm room!
- Watch every movie/tv show ever
There’s Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and not to mention every amazing movie ever. Now, I’m not telling you to spend every waking moment watching movies, but movies and tv shows are a great conversation starter in college, and I’ve seen so many kids become friends over a love for a particular tv show. So figure out what that is to you, and who knows maybe the first friend you make will become your Netflix buddy!
- Plan your dorm room decorations
Having a well-decorated dorm room is a game-changer. Whether it’s having a comfortable environment to study in, or having a cool room where you and your friends can hang out in the late hours, I always admired people that had cool dorm rooms. Take the time now to come up with some cool designs for your dorm room, or find some cool lights and posters that make the room flashy, it’ll make all the difference when you move in.
- Spend time with family
Although this might not seem like a particularly exciting thing right now, this is one of the most important things to do. As cliché as this might sound, you will miss your family a lot more once you leave home and get to college. I have come to appreciate spending time with family so much more after going to college. So take the time during quarantine to enjoy mum’s home cooking, and mess around with your siblings. It may be annoying now, but you won’t regret the time spent with them now.
This is a chaotic time to be in, and it can be stressful to figure out what to do right now. Make sure to do what makes you happy, and just keep improving yourself. Look forward to the positive things that lie ahead of you, and stay safe and healthy!