Zoom after Zoom meeting stuck to a chair. Another day in your dorm or apartment with minimal interaction. Balancing classes with little very little in the way of social interaction on what was once a bustling campus can take a toll on students, especially freshmen who have to navigate an environment they’re completely new to. It’s always important to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself, and the COVID-19 pandemic emphasizes that self-care. One way to promote your physical, mental and emotional health is to change things up sometimes. Here are little ways to make sure you’re breaking up the monotony that can result from virtual learning.
1. Change your Zoom Background
Want to add a little fun to a class meeting? There are lots of zoom backgrounds on the internet that you can add. UGA even has some themed ones. Just go to settings, backgrounds and filters and choose, or upload, your favorite virtual background.
If you live on campus, it could be a good idea to stretch your muscles by taking a walk. There are lots of places on campus to explore while staying safe. Ramsey is also open on weekdays and weekends; here are their COVID-19 protocols.
3. Have a Picnic
A nice day can equal a socially-distanced picnic with a roommate or a close friend. North Campus has optimal green spaces that allow for a nice meal and much-needed social interaction.
4. Find a New Place to Study
That picnic could easily turn into a study date. Sometimes, fresh air is just what is needed to refresh your focus on the material that just hasn't been sticking. There are lots of quiet places on campus, indoors and outdoors, that you can utilize to pass that next exam.
5. Try a Dine-In Alternative
Good food can turn a day around for some people. Don’t feel like cooking or the meal plan just not cutting it for the day? There are multiple restaurants in Athens that offer safe alternatives like outdoor seating, take out or delivery for that quick pick-me-up.
6. Join a Club
There are hundreds of organizations on campus, and while things look a little different, many clubs are still active. The involvement network is a great tool to comb through different clubs that might interest you. It’s a great way to meet new people and find something to look forward to during the week.
If you’re feeling as if you have no one to talk to about any struggles you may be facing this semester, UGA has plenty of resources including Counseling and Psychiatric Services, the UGA Psychology Clinic and the Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation.