The COVID-19 pandemic has made seeing our friends and classmates in person quite difficult. However, just because you can’t see each other in person doesn’t mean you need to lose contact. Here are some ways that current Ryerson students are staying connected with their friends:
“My friends and I usually schedule FaceTime sessions every 2 weeks to catch up and just chat about our lives. I find that communicating with my friends virtually helps benefit my well-being and relieves stress.”
— Karen, Retail Management, fourth year
Setting a routine is especially important now. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of doing nothing. But just as scheduling time to study lets us stay on top of our classes, scheduling a phone call or FaceTime session with our friends reminds us to stay connected.
Play online games
“When [my friends and I] have time, we play online games like Codenames and Among Us. It’s a great way to take a break from school, but also to connect with friends who we haven’t seen in a while.”
— Sonia, Journalism, first year
Gaming can be a great way to escape school for a bit and still socialize. I’ve personally had a lot of fun playing Among Us with as many people as I can get together. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Among Us, it’s a space themed, murder mystery game that’s completely taken the world by storm. If you’re looking for free games to play, try Codenames and skribbl.
Get outside and move
“Go outside and exercise together, if you have a friend that lives in your area.”
— Shawn, Industrial Engineering, fifth year
Now, more than ever, we need the physical and mental benefits of exercise. Grab a friend and go walk, run, roll, hike or bike ride! Maintaining physical distancing can also be way easier to do in the outdoors than it is to do inside of a gym.
Work out virtually
“I FaceTime one of my uni friends in BC while we do a Ryerson Zoom fitness class together.”
— Jenna, Creative Industries, second year
Don’t have anyone nearby that you can work out with? No problem! Ryerson’s online group fitness classes allow you and your friends to exercise together from the comfort of your own homes.
Every student that I consulted for this blog post all had one activity in common that they do with their friends—studying. Studying together not only lets you spend time with your friends, but it also helps bring new perspectives to material that you’re learning. And who doesn’t love hanging out with their friends while getting good grades?
So what are you waiting for? Give those friends of yours a call and try out one of these activities!