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7 Things I’ve Learned From Isolation With My Roommates

COVID cases seem to be getting closer and closer to my household throughout this pandemic. Two of my roommates’ boyfriends were confirmed positive with COVID within the last two months, and my work shut down for a few weeks because we had four confirmed positive cases. To lower our chances of getting COVID, my three roommates and I decided to self-isolate for two weeks and if you haven’t had to do so, there are a few things you need to know.


Grocery Shopping

I cannot express how important this is, but make sure to go grocery shopping often. Three of us hadn’t gone grocery shopping in a month or so which means that when we had to isolate, and couldn’t go, we ran out of food and toilet paper FAST! Luckily, family members were able to drop items off without coming into contact with us, but I have never been so worried in my life until I realized we didn’t have a single toilet paper roll left.

Movie Nights are a Must!

Each night we have picked a theme - Rom Coms, Sci-Fi, Enemies to Lovers, Sing-A-Longs, etc. - put up the projector, and watched hours of movies. It’s really entertaining and we would laugh all night. We even learned a few Camp Rock dance moves.


Spending day after day with minimal school work can get boring real quick. Luckily, my roommates and I are avid readers so we would trade off books to help get through the day, “book club” as we like to call it when we are all reading together. hen we got bored from reading too much, we would all discuss the different episodes of Gilmore Girls that we were watching, and yes we did watch this show separately during our quarantine.


Despite having a list of things I wanted to do since I finally had time to do them, my clean laundry is still in the basket waiting to be folded and my makeup brushes waiting to be cleaned since I haven’t used them. With all this empty time, I’ve found that motivation to do things still starts at 2 in the morning when I should be sleeping and cannot be rushed. However, things will get done, just probably not when you think they will.

You Get Tired of Sleeping

 I didn’t think it was possible, but yes, you CAN get tired of sleeping all the time. While I’ve prayed for a good night’s sleep this whole quarter since I was busy with work and school, a lot of my self-isolation has been spent sleeping, and I’m over it. I’m tired of sleeping, unironically.


Arguments and screaming matches are bound to happen. Four sassy girls stuck in a house together, it only takes a few hours before someone is screaming at someone else. Before you know it, everyone is screaming. Upstairs yelling at the downstairs people, which is surprising that our neighbors haven’t called the cops yet. However, every good screaming match turns into a fit of laughter so it’s okay! Then we’re back to our rooms trying to find entertainment.

Rearranging my Room

You will not believe how many times I’ve rearranged my room. I have this huge space and every few nights, I move a few things around to try to make the room look better. In the end, I always put it back to how it started, so really, I’m just considering it my isolation work-out.

I am absolutely praying for my COVID results to remind me that I’m negative so I can get out of this crazy house. While time has definitely bonded us for life, I miss being busy and tired all the time. There are only so many books you can read, movies you can watch, and things to reorganize before you go crazy with boredom. I’m definitely going to keep all of this in mind in case I have to go back into isolation again.

Kayli Strawn

UC Riverside '21

4th Year at UC Riv Just a hopeless romantic who wants a Carrie Bradshaw life. I love reading romance novels and eating mac n cheese or sweet potato fries! If I’m not out on an adventure with my friends, I’m either working as a barista or trying to catch up on some much needed sleep!
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