January 28, 2023

Quarantined at Eastern

We have all heard the dreadful word this year. People we know, friends of friends and neighbors have all experienced… quarantine. Fourteen days of pure torture. The only form of entertainment are the few activities you can do in the small walls of a residence hall. 

Those forms of entertainment usually consist of homework, sleeping, Tik Tok binging and whatever else you can imagine. Of course, quarantine is different for everyone. In my case I was stuck in my college residence hall, but to throw some optimism into it, I did have my two best friends with me. 

Our daily routine consisted of sleeping until 1 p.m., doing homework, eating, Tik Tok, more homework, watching our friends have fun through the window, some occasional facetime calls and when we were feeling extra crazy, an at-home workout video. The real fun came at night, when it was our time to go outside for 10-whole minutes; sometimes we walked, sometimes we drove, but to us it didn’t really matter because that was our only form of freedom. 

The first few days seemed to be the worst, knowing that we had spent less than a month in college and had already lost all of our freedom. Luckily as time went on, we slowly came to the realization that it wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be. Yes, it would have been better to go out and do all the everyday normal activities of a college student, but that isn’t the world we live in today. Right now, nothing is normal. 

We learned how to roll with the punches and adapt to the new circumstances we would live in for the rest of those two weeks. 

As of today, I have been out of quarantine six days and definitely happy to be out. Looking back on those two weeks, I realize they weren’t as bad as I thought they were. I caught up on a lot of homework and made some unforgettable memories with my best friends.

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