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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Tips and tricks to get you through quarantine

July 30, 2020

The idea of quarantine appealed to me during my final weeks of the Winter 2020 semester. I was in desperate need of a break and craved the free-time to explore new interests. I was certain that by now I would have aligned my chakras or learned a new language. Since then, I’ve fried my hair with bleach, mastered my British accent, and rewatched Jersey Shore for the fourth time. Needless to say, my at-home Eat Pray Love experience was not achieved. 

It is easy to feel uninspired during the time in isolation. Feelings of guilt might arise as the days begin to blend together and you’ve yet to do anything significantly productive with your time. As a way to manage my time in quarantine, I have devised a more attainable itinerary to occupy my days. Below I will list some of my tips and activities used to get me through quarantine. 

Put down the kitchen scissors and boxed hair-dye 

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Speaking from experience, you might want to give this decision a little more thought before impulsively committing to a new look. IF you still decide to switch it up, consider consulting a few online tutorials prior. 

Set an alarm

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I know this sounds unappealing. There is nothing worse than waking up to the sound of your alarm clock. HOWEVER, this step will ensure you wake up at a decent time, allowing you to get the most out of your day.

Make your bed

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By making my bed I feel less tempted to fall back asleep. This step forces me to get up and start my day.

Get dressed

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Getting dressed in the morning makes me feel more productive. I am more inspired when I change out of my pyjamas into a new set of clothing. Have fun with your styling and take risks.

Remember to eat

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Iced-coffee does not serve as a meal replacer. Without routine, it can be easy to overlook allotting yourself the time to prepare and eat food. Let this be your reminder. 

Start a book club with friends

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My friends and I chose a set of books to read and we meet on a FaceTime call to discuss. This is a great way to stay in touch with friends while in quarantine, and depending on your chosen books, you might learn something new. You could also visit your local thrift shop and browse their book section and see what interests you. Thrift stores typically have a wide variety of books for a reasonable price.

Make a playlist

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When listening to upbeat music, I feel more energetic and inspired to take on any task. You can share your playlists with friends and discover new songs!

Write 

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Do you have a topic you are passionate about or something that interests you and you’d like to share with others? Consider channeling your creativity into writing pieces for the Digital Community. Student Life offers you this platform to engage with others and share your experiences. You can submit an idea in Creator Central.

Do it yourself projects

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Take this free-time to get crafty and do some DIY projects. You might find that you have the necessary materials at home. Look to TikTok or YouTube for inspiration and get creative.

Explore your interests

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Use your time in quarantine to get started on all those skills you wish you had. Learn how to do something new or refine the skills you have.

How ever you choose to spend your time in quarantine, try not to feel discouraged if you haven’t accomplished all that you had intended. Perhaps you needed this time off to recharge and focus on your mental health. Everyone is at their own pace. With that being said, I hope this list has motivated you to explore potential interests or activities that will serve you well this quarantine. 

By Erin Horne