Staying Entertained During Covid


For almost eight months now, the entire world has been in the midst of a pandemic which has forced a nationwide quarantine period; but students at Austin High are still finding ways to stay connected and sane through it all.

“To stay entertained during the virus, I’ve been trying to stay on top of my work, playing a lot of basketball and watching TV shows,” junior Daphne Johnson said.

“I’ve been watching Good Luck Charlie, All American, and The 100. I love watching these shows because they either have long episodes, or a lot of episodes so it takes a while to finish them all. I’ve been playing a lot of basketball with my cousin and with my team for school.”, Johnson explained.

Seeing all these creative ways students can stay entertained begs the question: Is staying entertained from a distance better than being together?

“Staying entertained at home works, but I always prefer seeing friends and hanging with them instead. It’s just more intimate having fun with people rather than being alone,” Johnson explained.

A lot of students used tv shows, movies, books and other sources of entertainment to kill time throughout the 7 or 8 months this has been going on for.

“I watched a ton of Avatar the Last Airbender and read a few really great books like The Catcher in the Rye, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo?s Nest,” senior Carmen Capitani said. “I’ve also been working pretty diligently on college applications which are really time consuming,” Capitani said.

Junior Faith Schwartz was babysitting and traveled some throughout these past few months and she says that getting away just for a few days was well needed.

“About a week into quarantine I started babysitting for one of my mom’s coworkers because her daycare had shut down and she had no one to watch her,” Schwartz said.

“She became my best friend during quarantine since she was the only person beside my family that I saw for 3 months,” Schwartz said. Of course, seeing friends for the first time in many months is something to look forward to for sure.

“The first time I saw one of my friends in person since school got out back in march was in june and it was so weird and awkward.” Schwartz said. “At first I didn’t know how to socialize with my friend,” Schwartz said. Figuring out how to navigate the pandemic has been a learning opportunity for everyone.

“I think I’ve learned how to pay attention to how I’m feeling and prioritize taking care of myself in quarantine,” Capitani said. “Finding things to keep busy with like art and writing and good TV has helped distract me from missing my friends and being super social. Something that hasn’t worked is definitely abandoning a sense of routine. Having plans, even if the plans are like watering my plants and walking around the neighborhood with a mask on, is better than doing nothing all day,” Capitani Said.

Although the pandemic has been very excruciating for everyone, we can all agree that some good has come out of it as well. “Overall, the pandemic has been super challenging but it’s tightened my relationships with my friends and family and has made me a much stronger person both mentally and
emotionally,” Schwartz explained.