Studying & Socialising During Lockdown
At the beginning of term 1, I wrote an article detailing different social events you could do with your friends during the pandemic. Little did I know that we would soon be facing a second national lockdown, putting a hold, once again, on our social lives. Indeed, this year at university has been completely different from my previous two, but there are still ways in which I am able to establish some normality in my university routine.
As all Economics classes have been put online this year, I am only on campus for 3 hours of French classes a week. Consequently, I am hardly at university. Often, I choose to work at home in my student accommodation in Leamington Spa, to prevent wasting time and money travelling in every day. I make sure that I keep my desk space tidy at all times so I am the most productive that I can be. And my top tip is to never try to work from your bed! It is a recipe for disaster.
Campus Study Spaces:
However, I definitely try to make the most of the student study spaces available on campus when I can to get a change of scenery. The library is usually where I head to, as it has the greatest chance of me finding a free desk and is ideal location for when I have a break in between classes in the Humanities building.
Leamington Study Spaces:
For when I am not already on campus but want a similar working environment to what the library offers, the Leamington Spa learning grid is a great solution. You do have to be careful to book in advance though and there aren’t as many study spaces available here.
In terms of socialising, I can’t say that I’ve had the time to tick off many of things I was planning to do with my friends – all of which are listed in my previous article. I was lucky enough to go out for a dinner and cocktails with my housemates before the pubs and restaurants closed again, but since then, we have been relying on dinner parties, games nights and movie marathons.
A large part of my social life at university is dependant on societies. I am on the exec of two societies here at Warwick and so I am often attending, or even hosting, different events each week – whether it be debates, presentations or workshops. These events give me something to look forward to during the week and an excuse to chat with friends.
At A Friend’s Home:
Now the lockdown has ended, I will definitely be making the most of seeing my other friends again. Luckily, I get along really well with my housemates, but it is always nice to see others for a catch-up, and even more so to see everyone again before I go home for the Christmas holidays.
When I don’t have much time to spend with friends but know that I should have a break from work, I choose to take a walk or go for a run with a friend. More than ever this year, I have been dependent on exercise as a refuge from my work. I highly recommend everyone to get into a routine of going outside and doing something active at least once a day, and soon you will fall in love with the way it makes you feel. What’s more, it’s a good excuse for a catch-up and gossip with friends.