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The Quirks Of Quarantine: A Guide To Finding Your Perfect Pandemic Pastime

Quarantine made us adjust our lifestyle in unique ways. Millions of Americans unexpectedly found themselves working or studying from home when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Due to the closure of movie theaters, clubs, concert halls, and sports arenas, many people had started new hobbies such as baking, painting, gardening, rock climbing, birdwatching. I found myself […]

Quarantine made us adjust our lifestyle in unique ways. Millions of Americans unexpectedly found themselves working or studying from home when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Due to the closure of movie theaters, clubs, concert halls, and sports arenas, many people had started new hobbies such as baking, painting, gardening, rock climbing, birdwatching.

I found myself diving deep into Taylor Swift’s music discography after she released her album Folklore in 2020. The way her lyrics easily resonated with me was intriguing and refreshing. Her choreography, the backup dancers, the staging and graphics, and her endurance while singing 44 songs left me utterly amazed when I saw her “Eras Tour” this past summer. Even now, as a pastime or interest, I continue to follow her music and accomplishments. I know there is a Taylor Swift fan club here at CB, and being able to share and show my passion for Taylor Swift’s songs with others makes me happy that I joined.

Casey Wiest (‘24) expressed how quarantine brought her frustration because she enjoys being in the car and going somewhere, so she had to make adjustments to fulfill her urge to spend time outside since she is an outdoor person. She recognized that she could still pursue her wants, just not in the way she was used to.

“Thankfully I live in a cozy and safe neighborhood, Land Park, so my friends and I turned to bike riding,” she says. “My obsession with shopping, especially at the mall, changed into consistent online shopping.”

Casey has her license now so she does not go on bike rides as much, but she admitted that those bike rides are considered a positive memory and highlight from quarantine for her. “But when the weather gets warmer though, I think I’ll ride my bike to Vic’s ice cream more.”

English teacher Mr. Dustin Wagner speaks on his long term hobby of tennis. It was disappointing for him to hear that the tennis courts had to close during quarantine. However, he still maintained the same passion for it when quarantine ended.

“I grew up playing tennis. I lived at the tennis courts,” he says. “This is my first year coaching the men’s team here at CB and it’s my second year coaching the women’s. It has been a fun experience.”

Quarantine encouraged Mr. Wagner to not only continue his career as a teacher, but become a coach as well. His passion for tennis was deeply noted, and I’m interested to go see the CB’s men’s team play this next month now.

Lillian Raffo (‘24) described that her biggest form of self-expression is through her style of clothes. She admitted to going through many phases of styles and trends of clothes throughout her teen years. And when quarantine began, she decided to deep clean her closest and get rid of clothes that she no longer wears. While doing so, she got the idea to sell them online thanks to TikTok. She used the app, Depop, to do so.

“Getting money from it felt really nice and rewarding, especially during the hard time of isolation,” she says. She continued this hobby until quarantine was over and made a little over $400.

”It taught me a lot about organization, packaging, shipping, and communication. It’s important to know how to do that stuff especially as we get older.” she says. “My parents were very impressed with this hobby of mine because I was just 15 years old.”

The quarantine struggle was real and it made us pause for a moment and be grateful for what life is like without isolation. However, it gave the opportunity to make us think outside the box for things to entertain us. Whether you’ve had your hobby forever or had picked it up during quarantine, most of the time, you cherish it.

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