Voices: Passing the time during quarantine

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 at 9:38 PM
Voices: Passing the time during quarantine by Courtney Balcombe

Being at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, for who knows how many more weeks, and self-quarantining might be giving everyone a little cabin fever. 

According to Dr. Raj Raghunathan, University of Texas, human beings have a need to keep busy. 

“We are also the only species to be aware that we are going to die, which, according to some psychologists, is the primary reason we have traditions and culture,” Raghunathan explained. “We are different from other species is that we are the only ones to feel the need to be busy.” 

During that first week home from college and work, I realized how boring it was during quarantine, so I found an article through USA Today with a list of things to do. Here’s my personal spin on their suggestions. 

Having fun alone 

I live with my mom and stepdad, who are both still working as essential employees, which leaves me at home by myself during the day. Here are some things I’ve found to do at home. 

Put a puzzle together. While I was cleaning up the house, I found multiple puzzles and put one together. If you don’t have any at home, check your local Walmart or Target game aisle. 

Take up a new hobby. I went to Dollar General and picked up some ceramic white plates that I painted and applied mod podge so they could be used and washed. The total project came to roughly $10 and I might try cups or coffee mugs next. 

Teach yourself to cook or bake. Pick a random page number in a cook book or desert book. Then put yourself to the test. I tried this with the cookbook I got my mom for Christmas and ended up making a dish from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” To say the least, the meal was disgusting to cook and eat because it wasn’t a normal meal someone would make. 

Watch a streaming service 

I have Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ to keep me somewhat entertained. 

Hulu does not have its own individual student discount, but it can be connected to a student Spotify Premium account for $4.99 a month (plus tax). Hulu does provide a seven-day free trial if you’d like to try it first. 

Students can get Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month (plus tax). If you only want Disney+, it’s $6.99 a month (plus tax). Disney provides a seven-day free trial, but if you like Disney TV shows or movies, the $6.99 is worth it. 

Netflix has a few different plans for their service. They have a basic plan, which is for one device at a time and standard definition, for $8.99 a month. Then there is a standard plan, this comes with high definition and two devices, for $12.99 a month. Last, they have a premium plan for $15.99, which allows for up to four devices and HD or 4K ultra-HD video. 

The only problem is that I’m starting to run out of shows and movies that entertain me. Some of the shows and movies I have watched and would recommend would be: 


  • “Lucifer,” four seasons 

  • “Z Nation,” five seasons 

  • The “Arrowverse” 

  • “Arrow,” all eight seasons 

  • “The Flash,” five of six seasons 

  • “Supergirl,” four of five seasons 

  • “Batwoman,” season one 

  • “The Walking Dead,” all nine seasons 


  • “The Simpsons” 

  • “The Mandalorian” 

  • “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” 

  • “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” 


  • “Grey’s Anatomy” 

  • “Brooklyn Nine-Nine" 

  • “This is Us” 

Play video games

I also play video games until I finish them to the fullest. If you need a new game, GameStop is open for online orders and same-day pick-up at the store. Some popular games right now include: 


  • “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” 

  • “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” 

  • “Super Mario Party” 

  • “Mario Kart 8” 

PlayStation 4

  • “The Sims 4” 

  • “Overwatch” 

  • “Spider-Man” (2018, Game of the Year Edition) 

  • “Persona 5” 

Xbox One

  • “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” 

  • “Overwatch” 

  • “Grand Theft Auto V” 

  • The various “Call of Duty” entries 


  • “Apex Legends” 

  • “Resident Evil 2” (Remake) 

  • “Borderlands 3” 

Family Fun 

Here are some ways to spend time with your family, either after work or all day. 

Play a board game or card game. These games not only provide kids with some entertainment, but subtle learning at the same time. Some fun family games can include: 

  • Monopoly (money skills) 

  • The Game of Life (money skills) 

  • Uno (matching and color skills) 

  • Phase 10 (number and counting skills) 

  • Scrabble (spelling) 

Keep up with their schoolwork online. Even if they don’t want to do it, it’ll keep them from falling behind. 

End the day with a fun movie. Some good family movies include: 


  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” 

  • “Avatar: The Last Airbender” 

  • “The Secret Life of Pets 2” 


  • “Onward” 

  • “Frozen II” 

  • The Star Wars Collection 

  • “The Phantom Menace” 

  • “Attack of the Clones” 

  • “Revenge of the Sith” 

  • “A New Hope” 

  • “The Empire Strikes Back” 

  • “Return of the Jedi” 

  • “The Force Awakens” 

  • “The Last Jedi” 

  • “The Rise of Skywalker” 


  • “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” 

  • “Ugly Dolls” 

  • “Smallfoot” 

Whether you might be alone or with your family, these will surely make your quarantine better. 

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