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What I’ve Been Binging While Social Distancing (And Why You Should, Too)

For a lot of us, social distancing has made us even more content obsessed. I’ve always loved podcasts, television shows, books, and youtube channels, but now, I’m basically consuming media 24/7. Sometimes, I like to throw some nostalgic, ride-or-die favorites into the protection, and when I’m feeling bolder, I’ll test out the juicy new series everyone has been raving about. 

If you’re running out of ideas and looking for something new, here’s what I’ve been watching, listening to, and obsessing over. 

Tiger King

Who isn’t talking about Tiger King? Social media pressured me to watch this show, and they’re not kidding when they say it’s insane. The entire series will make you think “what???” but in a good way.

Community

When I found this on Hulu, I was tired of everything on my “recently watched” page and pressed play with the expectation of watching a few episodes to cleanse my pallet before returning to my tried and true favorites. Instead, I lowkey became obsessed. This fun comedy is perfect for college students just looking to laugh and connect to unique characters.

30 Rock

A few months ago, my boss suggested this to me, and I finally gave it a try. I can’t believe I’ve waited so long! The first few episodes were a little shaky, but once the series found it’s footing, it was hilarious. Even my parents love watching this.

Heartbreak Weather by Niall Horan

Niall’s new album is only a few weeks old, but it’s secured a lasting position in my music rotation. “New Angel,” “Nice to Meet Ya,” and “Bend the Rules” are my favorites, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. He suggests listening to the album from beginning to end without shuffling, and I completely agree because it allows you to follow the path to acceptance after a break-up.

Locke & Key

My dad suggested this series to me, and I’m so happy he did. I’m hooked and have to resist the urge to binge the show all in one night to find out how it ends. I’m only a few episodes in, but the twists and turns have surprised me in each episode.

And That’s Why We Drink

This is my favorite podcast of all time, so every time I step out of the house to go on a walk, I’m playing this podcast. I’ve already mentioned this podcast in two other articles (if you’re interested, click here and here), so trust me when I say that it’s so good.

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Even though I haven’t finished this novel, I’m already a huge fan. It follows Evie, an assistant for a film agency, as she tries to fall in love as they do in the movies to prove to her client that RomComs aren’t unrealistic. It’s lighthearted and reminds us to get back out there and follow our passions, and if you’re a RomCom fan like me, there are some fun easter eggs to look out for.

Raw Beauty Kristi

Kristi recently uploaded a video where she admitted that, as a Seattle resident, she’s had trouble filming as her community fights a pandemic, and her vulnerability helps me acknowledge my own anxiety. I’ve been going back through her old videos to explore hobbies I’ve neglected and enjoy how hilarious she is.

Architectural Digest‘s Youtube Channel

I grew up watching HGTV with my family, so maybe that’s why I’m obsessed with watching interior design shows while covering my own home in varying shades of grey. If you want to explore interesting architecture or see how your favorite celebrities live, check out this channel.

Julien Solomita’s Youtube Channel

Julien and Jenna are my favorite Youtube couple, and now that Julien leaned into culinary videos, I’m watching them even more. As a gluten-free vegan, Julien overcomes his dietary restrictions by putting himself out there and testing new recipes, and I always end the video hungry.

Mayme Medlock is a junior at Clemson University, studying political science with an emphasis in international relations. In her free time, you'll find her chasing cute dogs, talking about studying abroad in the Balkans, watching copious amounts of Netflix, and putting people at ease when they question her name's pronunciation (May-m, not May-me).
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