Make COVID-19 extra break fruitful

University is not just a place to study, meet people, hit books and get the degree. I mean, that’s understandably the main reason that we’re all here, but there are a lot of enriching opportunities available at our fingertips to have a go at.

University is where we work on ourselves, build our dreams, passion and set out to achieve them. It offers opportunities to showcase our abilities but most importantly, work on them.

Students might, however, get caught up in books and assignments and probably miss out on the outside world and opportunities.  Studies make it hard for some to juggle school with aside passions.

On March 16th, teaching activities were temporarily suspended and students were sent home abruptly. It was just a week after the second trimester begun. Here is a piece of advice, do not waste your energy. Make use of this extra free time before the studies workload starts pouring back predictably from your phone.

It might be weeks/months-long unexpected vacation, but these tips will help you make it productive in one way or another.

Lear a new skill

This depends on your passion. If you like writing, practice writing often; may be write something every day. A university student should not find it hard to write, it is a basic skill for academics. Consider revising your writing skills during this vacation.

A new skill can also be a new language or any other 21st century skill such as video making. Again, it narrows down to how passionate and eager to learn you are. Doing what interests you makes it less difficult.

Inform yourself

COVID-19 is a viciously contagious disease. It spreads with rumors and unverified information that can worsen the virus’s harm.  This is the best time to stay informed and inform those around you. Read consciously and verify.

Informing yourself is not only limited to COVID-19 related information. In your twenties, so many interesting things happened before you were able to follow and are still happening. You cannot know it all, but follow your interest, read about it, download reports and documentaries about things you even thought you knew. You might be surprised to learn of some things. It is hard on a beginner’s stage, but worth it.

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Stay virtually connected to others

Social distance yourself to stop the pandemic from spreading, but it is important to keep your social connections healthy. It does not require you to meet up people but via digital means such as social media, you can interact and connect with others.

Also, it is important to grow your academic and professional connections. That can include following important people and role models on social media, creating a LinkedIn account and a professional portfolio.

Stay fit

University has sports facilities that help students to exercise that might not be available at our homes. Besides, gyms and sports facilities that bring people together are not recommended in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. Isolated work outs such as jogging will alternatively help. World Health Organization recommends working out for at least 30 minutes a day. Most importantly, avoid eating disorders.

Read books

It might sound repetitive, but as a student, books are a genuine source of knowledge. Soft books are very available since libraries are discouraged as public places. Read about your faculty, current affairs or whatever interests you. The more consistent, the more enjoyable.

Download Anybooks or Kindel for free e-books.