What we’ve learned in quarantine

Madison Dowell, Staff Writer

Throughout this pandemic, everyone has learned to adapt to new challenges that have come up in our new lifestyles. A big challenge is online school, and everyone had to learn some specific skills. Here’s a list of some shared skills we all learned in quarantine.

  1. Waking up exactly at 9:55

Sleep is a wonderful thing, and many people like to enjoy it as much as they can. Sometimes, that means waking up five minutes before class, just to enjoy the simple pleasures. Don’t worry, no one’s judging.

     2. How to split your screen

Either to take notes or for watching YouTube while still “in class,” everyone has learned how to keep two tabs on the screen for maximum multitasking. Who knows, maybe you could learn something from that Vine compilation. 

     3. Resisting the urge to be on your phone

Okay, so everyone can admit they were a little lazy last school year once online school started, and maybe people slacked off in class and took a peek at their phone. Now it’s go-time and grades are an impending doom upon everyone; you can’t look at your phone during class, but the temptation is overwhelming. So maybe you charge it on the other side of your room or just leave it on your nightstand—anything to actually pay attention to the hour-long class that seems like more than an hour.

     4. Tuning Out 

Some days, it’s overwhelming—the seemingly endless barrage of assignments, the constant annoyance of Canvas or it might just be your little brother stealing the last bagel. So some days, that means tuning out of class. That could take the form of simply not showing up to class or just not paying attention. Now, this isn’t something that anyone should do regularly, but sometimes you need a self-care day, and that is totally fine.

     5. How to make the most of your 15-minute break

It’s glorious having such a long break compared to the five minutes back before coronavirus. However, it seems like a little too much time now that no one’s roaming the halls or waiting in a 10-minute line for the bathroom. So you meander through your home, taking note of the new soap in the bathroom and how much orange juice you have left for breakfast tomorrow, but hey, at least you’re not in class.