6 Things To Do If You’re In Self-Isolation During Uni (Like Me)

If you’re anything like me, then you may be an international student who just got back to the UK for uni or a student who just got back from a location that requires you be in self-isolation for 14 days. Whatever the case is, everyone else is free to roam outside and possibly attend tutorials, while you’re just stuck in your student accommodation looking at your laptop all day. I get it. But, have no fear, Batman is here! I’m just kidding…but I have complied a short list of things for you to do during these uncertain (and boring) times!


1)  Actually Do Your Uni Work

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I know I know, its tempting to just sit in bed all day and watch Netflix and Youtube, but you still do have a bunch of university work to get through. Make the commitment to actually get through one or two readings per day so that you’re super prepared each week! I mean, you do have all the time in the world, so just make sure you’re dedicating some of that time to your work. Just because uni’s online doesn’t mean those grades don’t count for something!



2)  Work On Your CV

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Again, you have all the time in the world and it’s always best to be prepared. Working on or updating your professional CV is a great way to ensure you’re ready for when the right opportunity presents itself. And if you’re in second year, it’s crucial that you do this because application season is already underway for some courses. So, just make sure you stay somewhat productive, you know? 



3)  Get To Know Your Flatmates

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Get out of your room for a little bit and go into your kitchen! One thing that’s really helped me not feel so well, “isolated”, is hanging out in the kitchen and talking to my flatmates. Please, please do not just stay cooped up in your room all day because that can lead to some major depression. Make the effort to actually strike up a conversation with your flatmates. They are most-likely in the same position as you are and feel just as bored as you do!



4)  FaceTime Your Family

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Whenever I’m bored, which is often, I try to FaceTime my family and see what they’re up to. When I do so, it almost feels like I’m back home, (depending on some of you that might either be a good thing or a bad thing, lol). So, try FaceTiming your family every now and then, I’m sure your mum would probably love to see your face despite how pale it’s probably gotten.



5)  Find A New Hobby or Interest 

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Studying may probably take up most of your time, but just incase it doesn’t, use this as an opportunity to find a new hobby! Whether it be journalling, writing, singing or even exercising, try to find yourself a new interest. Not only will this help to alleviate your boredom, but you can also discover all the skills and interests you've kept tucked away all this time!



6)  Spend Some Time Reflecting 

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Seeking God during these uncertain times has really been my saving grace. Spending time in prayer and worship always seems to calm down my anxiety and still my heart. Maybe you don’t believe in Jesus like I do, but try to carve out some quiet time to just reflect on your own thoughts or worries. If you’re not comfortable praying about them, perhaps try to write them down. This is a great opportunity to unburden yourself of some of the things you may be holding onto.