Having Fun in a Pandemic
As Welcome Week 2020 draws to a close, I hope that everyone has been settling in well.
This academic year is certainly looking very different, especially socially. With COVID restrictions firmly in place, parties are a no-go despite being a staple for many students’ social life.
I’ve never really been one for parties, much preferring a quiet night in alone or with friends, so I thought that I’d take this opportunity to share some alternative ways to have fun safely this year.
Both video and board games have been a staple of my university experience so far. They’re a great way to get everyone in the flat involved and. Some of the favourites among my friends have been Trivial Pursuit, Cards Against Humanity, Mario Kart, and Overcooked! They’re also super versatile when it comes to drinking as you could introduce penalties for, say, losing a race in Mario Kart, or getting a question wrong in Trivial Pursuit, or keep the game sober!
In my first year, Sunday night meant Doctor Who night, as my flatmates and I settled down to “enjoy” the new series. It was a great way to spend time together and have a laugh, and we also treated ourselves to a takeaway every week! Using TV to socialise can also be beneficial because it gives you something to look forward to each week, which is great, particularly if you’re feeling overwhelmed or having a rough time.
Some of my recommendations for this term are the Great British Bake Off and Ghosts.
Making a flat meal together, such as a roast, has proved to be a great way to spend time with flatmates and laugh at chaos frequently descends in the kitchen (or not if you have some competent cooks among you)! Alternatively, you could book a table in a restaurant and head out for the evening if no one feels like cooking. Either way, it helps to bring you together despite busy and differing schedules and can be a great way to check-in with each other.
As a little extra note, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve been up to to have fun alone during the pandemic, perhaps when others are busy or you need to recharge. Animal Crossing on the Nintendo Switch has been a staple of the past six months and I would highly recommend for anyone looking for a way to relax and escape reality for a while. I’ve also been getting around to movie marathons that I had been planning for months and getting stuck into a good book.
I hope that this post has given you some ideas as to what to do to have fun during the ongoing pandemic and that you continue to enjoy your time at university. If you’re struggling at the moment, please remember that you aren’t alone and that everything is temporary, so hang on in there and go get help if you need it!
Until next time.