Are you bored and lonely during this time of social distancing and staying home?
Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 coronavirus crisis means we get to spend less time seeing friends. However, social distancing does not mean you need to put your friendships to the wayside and be alone.
One of the easiest ways to maintain friendships is to reach out to a friend and ask how he or she is doing. Every student has a different background, and may be handling the crisis differently than others. Some may be struggling, while others may be doing OK.
Check in on your friends every now and then. Reaching out to a classmate or talking with a peer on the phone for a few minutes can help boost your mood and motivation. You can use Zoom for more than just classes; play games and talk face-to-face.
Do not be afraid to reach out to people you have not talked to in a while. You may not be able to see these people in person, but you can still reconnect with them. A little contact can go a long way.
While many people may not like to text, this is the time to keep in contact with others because nobody knows when you will see your friends again.
However, try not to be overbearing. Your peers are also being bombarded with email after email about assignments from their professors. You may find some people prefer to use this alone time to recuperate.
This is a strange time for everyone. Let your friends know they are not alone in this pandemic. Communicate with those you care about. Reach out to someone! Nobody should have to go through this crisis alone.