What if you just aren’t used to staying home? But COVID-19 lockdown gives you no choice?
David Segovia, a junior and a finance major at Chapman University, recalls his original reaction to the pandemic.
“During the original quarantine I did nothing, I was scared of what COVID-19 could do to me and other people in my family,” Segovia said.
But staying home quickly got old, and his family knew they had to stay active.
“My family and I began to go on daily walks to get outside,” he said. “I also began doing puzzles and reading on my own to help pass time, by July I had finished 10 puzzles.”
Macy Bernstein, a junior creative producing major at Chapman, turned a casual hobby of photography into a passion as she and her family took road trips to local outdoor areas in Orange County. “We did a lot of driving to the beach and poppy fields for new backdrops for our photoshoots,” Bernstein said.
Bernstein was studying abroad at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Being spontaneously sent home, she missed a lot of school.
“I spent a lot of time catching up on everything I missed from being abroad,” she said.
She felt trapped.
“I did absolutely nothing. I did lots of laying around, and watching a lot of Netflix and Youtube,” she said. “Once we got more comfortable, we began getting out and doing our photoshoots.”
Gabe Wulfsohn, a senior business administration major, used the empty time to pursue his competitive gaming career.
Wulfsohn is a top 30 ranked player for the game “Age of Empires III” and used this time in quarantine to work on his rank as well as a Twitch stream, starting at the beginning of quarantine with five followers and jumping to one hundred and twenty.
“Before COVID-19 I was an avid gamer, because of the quarantine I have had more free time to spend playing video games and working on my stream.” He said. “I used to average about three viewers per stream and now I average thirty, I am still very dedicated to both my world ranking and my novice stream.”
Emily Adrig, a junior at Cal State Fullerton, has found a nice way to spend pandemic time. She is one of Bernstein’s favorite models.