So, first up this week – how’s everyone doing? We know that these are strange and unsettling times and we want you to know that the whole GGU community is still out there and available to you! Your professors, the careers office, the HUB, academic advisors etc. – they’re all just an email away, so don’t think that you can’t reach out. Face to face contact is the only thing that’s not possible right now, but otherwise GGU’s services are mostly running as normal!
So, our next question? What’s everyone doing? We’re heading into the final weeks of term, so many of us are seeing our academic workloads steadily increase until finals. However, if, like me, you’re also finding yourself with a lot of free time on your hands, then we’re wondering how you’re choosing to spend that time? Over on our Facebook group, one of our members kindly shared the names of some books that she recommended checking out and it made us wonder – what else is out there?
This member also sent a link to an online pasta making course led by an 84 year old Italian grandmother. We love this! There is so much creativity and potential out there on the internet, that if you look around, there’s no reason to be bored during this down time. Let’s make the most of it! I’m sure we’ve all seen the awesome social media links to virtual museum tours and concerts. This is a great idea and worth checking out if your favourite artist is doing something online. I’ve discovered coursera.org – where schools from all over the world put courses online. I’m currently doing a psychology class from Yale. My course is totally free and I get a certificate at the end – well worth 20 hours of down time!
What else can you do? Exercise (within reason) is allowed. We live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and with better weather on the horizon, there’s no excuse for not getting out for a walk, run or bike in your neighbourhood. But remember – no congregating on beaches or in parks. If you need to drive somewhere to exercise – it’s too far!
If you’re crafty, this is the perfect time to work on that project you’ve been putting off. Whether you’re renovating an old boat or knitting a sweater (both of these are going on in my household), this is your chance to make real progress! Or if boxsets, podcasts and catch-up radio are more your speed, the options are pretty much limitless.
There is no shortage of things to do while we’re in lockdown and I’m learning to re-frame it as a positive opportunity to get on top of numerous outstanding projects and to learn some new skills. Yes, we miss hanging out together. But I also have time to talk to my family in Europe much more often – and there’s our new neighbourhood Zoom Happy Hour! We can find positivity amongst all the bad news. For now, we all just need to do our bit and remember that this won’t last forever. Contact us through the blog and let us know what’s your new favourite thing to do during the lockdown. We’d love to hear from you!