By Emily Stellakis, Editor-in-Chief (‘20)

For those who have judiciously followed the understandable pleas of health care workers and government officials to stay at home and practice social-distancing during the coronavirus outbreak, time isolated at home may seem to stand still. While doing their part to slow the spread of the virus, many have encountered a lesser evil: unending boredom, a loss of all sense of time, and heightening cabin-fever. To find a moment’s solace from the monotony of the quarantine, here are some suggestions on how to pass the time in a productive, entertaining manner.


  1. Start a new hobby! There are plenty of Youtube tutorials to help master nearly any hobby imaginable, from gothic calligraphy to woodworking to gardening. You may just have to save extreme-couponing for after the supply shortage.
  2. Take extra-good care of your house plants.
  3. Learn a foreign language. Websites like Duolingo are free for users and have programs for most languages; help prepare for that future study-abroad trip by learning French, Japanese, German, and more!
  4. Memorize the periodic table. Who knows when it may come in handy.
  5. Practice yoga or meditate. The “Calm” app has great meditations!
  6. Make a list of all the places you want to visit once they reopen.
  7. Reconnect with your friends via Zoom conference, Google Hangout, Houseparty, or Facetime. 
  8. Learn sign language.
  9. Deep-clean your room and watch the Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” for organization inspiration!
  10. Start a bullet journal and record your daily happenings.
  11. Text your grandparents/aunts/uncles/cousins/family-friends and tell them that you miss them. They will appreciate the gesture!
  12. Start your own podcast.
  13. Treat yourself to a spa-day with facemasks, a bubble bath, and an extensive skin-care routine.
  14. Attempt a complicated recipe. Have you shied away from the meticulous craft of croissants or macarons out of perpetual fear of failure? You now have copious free time to brave these dishes. 
  15. Find a penpal.
  16. Go for a walk (while maintaining a 6-foot distance from others, of course).
  17. Support local small businesses by ordering in from restaurants. Many food places are still open for delivery or curbside pick-up.
  18. Watch all the Oscar-winning films of 2020 and become a movie-aficionado.
  19. Teach your pet a new trick.
  20. Give yourself an at-home makeover. If you have been apprehensive to dye your hair, cut those bangs, or attempt the fake-freckles look, there is no time like the present to make that change you’ve been dreaming of!
  21. Discover a new genre of music. Show “Medieval Folk-Rock” or “Deep Discofox” some love on Spotify- they deserve it.
  22. Write handmade letters to your family or friends. Break out a pen and paper and pretend it’s the ‘50s!
  23. De-clutter your phone and transfer your photos to apps like Google Photos that use less storage.
  24. Write the next big teen novel!
  25. Achieve your childhood dreams and finally master the difficult craft of hair braiding.
  26. Visit famous attractions or take a virtual walk through your town on Google Street View
  27. Rise to Tik Tok fame. 
  28. Become an expert on the stock market.
  29. Make new outfits out of the clothes in your closet. You’ll never know if that shirt works with those pants until you give it a chance!
  30. Trace your family lineage. Use free trials on family tree websites like to discover your origins and build your own family tree.
  31. Write articles and submit them to (shameless self-promo).
  32. Read the newspaper and brush up on current events.
  33. Master origami and make paper cranes for your friends!
  34. Break out your favorite childhood board games and host a competitive game night with your family.
  35. Organize your spice rack in alphabetical order.
  36. Furnish your dream room on Ikea’s website.
  37. Watch documentaries on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime and educate yourself on social issues.
  38. Recreate a famous painting with your own creative twist.
  39. Become an expert in the art of napkin-folding (see online tutorials for assistance).
  40. Research philosophical ideologies and ponder the meaning of life.
  41. Organize your spring wardrobe and shop for new clothes online!
  42. Whisk together equal parts instant coffee, sugar, and water and then spoon over milk to make the viral Tik Tok whipped coffee, also known as the Greek Frappe.
  43. Watch the Smithsonian National Zoo’s 24-hour Livestream of their Giant Pandas.
  44. Donate blood through the Red Cross- the US is facing a blood-shortage and you can help!
  45. Manifest Tom Hank’s speedy recovery from coronavirus by watching all of his movies.
  46. Have a photoshoot in your backyard.
  47. Read a book.
  48. Get an Ivy-League education online for free! You can study The Science of Well-Being at Yale, Imaging Other Earths at Princeton, Greek and Roman Mythology at UPenn, Child Nutrition and Cooking at Stanford, and more. 
  49. Ask your parents/guardians what you can do to help them during this difficult time. Reach out to your loved ones and let them know you care about them!
  50. Take a deep breath, relax, and remember that every day is a great day to be a Brave! Stay healthy, Indian Hills. 🙂