Students fill extra time with quarantivities

Piper Neumann

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During the time away from class, freshman Blaine Eckert works on his ’68 Ford F-100. He is using his welding skills learned in class this year and his free time to give the vehicle a new look.

With so much time on our hands, many people have invested in new activities or hobbies to help pass the time during this coronacation. This way, people find more things to do to stay busy.

Many kitchens are filled with the sweet smell of cookies or the delicious smell of homemade bread. Baking seems to hit home when it comes to new hobbies.

“Brownies are my favorite thing to bake and eat,” sophomore Stephanie Keele said.

Crafts have filled some hours. Activities like painting, sewing, needlework, knitting and crochet have seen new popularity. 

“Yes, actually I started embroidering, which I’ve had a lot of fun doing,” senior Jazmine Boston said. 

Of course, Netflix is always a favorite. The docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness boasts over 34 million viewers in the first ten days of its release. Many students are spending quality time with their families binging shows. 

“My whole family started watching a Netflix series together,” freshman Braydon Hawthorne said. “It is called Shooter, and it’s really good.”

The time away from school is different, but good things are coming from it. Stronger family connections have been built through this extended spring break.

“I really like baking because my whole family can do it together,” sophomore Ava Semler said. “It’s a good way for us to all spend more time with each other.”

Nevertheless, summer is in mind and the girls are preparing.

“I’ve started tanning a lot more and drawing scriptures in my bible,” junior Lindsey Davenport said.

Sometimes old hobbies are rediscovered.

“I started drawing again, which is something I used to love to do, but never had time for until I was forced to stay in my house,” senior Cali Barlow said.

With less distraction of daily lives, there’s reason to believe there would be more focus on what people do, but that’s not always the case.

“Focus….that’s funny,” Boston said. “I don’t think I’ve ever had this much lack of focus.”