Whether it was spending hours on end watching TikTok, following a Chloe Ting workout video, attempting to cook unrealistic Pinterest recipes or even just binge watching your favorite Netflix series, tackling new hobbies became very trendy during quarantine. I mean what do they say? Time flies when you're having fun. So, what have Gonzaga students done to fill in all of the extra time quarantine gave us?

Junior Ashley Burner, took on a few activities over quarantine that she has stuck with since. Burner started teaching herself how to play piano after going through a breakup and organized a worship group called Wine and Worship. 

“I started the worship group because I needed a faith-based community,” Burner said.

She said it helped her feel less isolated while in quarantine. 

Junior Sofia Lucarelli said she started her fitness journey during quarantine to fill up the extra time in a productive way. She hopped on the Chloe Ting workout videos trend with one of her friends so they encourage each other. She said it made her feel much more confident.

Lucarelli wasn’t the only one starting her fitness journey over quarantine. At home workout videos became very popular amongst most because they are easy accessible and free. Being cooped up inside encouraged others to be active and fit some movement into their at home routines. Some of the many trending fitness influencers on YouTube that offer free at home workouts are Blogilates, POPSUGAR fitness, Chloe Ting and Yoga with Adriene.  

Juan Cardenas, freshman at Gonzaga University, also started playing an instrument along with video games while in isolation.

“During quarantine, I began to pick up my old guitar from freshman year and began practicing it again,” he said. In regards to video games he said, “I always liked to play video games, but investing in VR during the pandemic allows for me to in a sense “hang out with my friends” via VR, it's also a nice way to meet other people and a safe way to socialize in a sense,” Cardenas said.

 Cardenas also saw his friends picking up new hobbies that they haven't done before. “ One of my friends learned to knit and knitted me a small octopus (side note, the octopus’ name is William) that I brought to college with me,” Cardenas recalled. He also mentioned that another friend of his “took up baking and would often bring him cookies or pastries when they hung out.” Baking and cooking started trending especially on Pinterest and TikTok where you can find popular recipes to try. 

Jacob Oskorus, freshman at Gonzaga University, stuck to his main hobbies but he did develop some new interests.

“I did start reading more as well as developing an interest in politics,” Oskorus said. He mentioned that “reading was a way for people to pass time without watching tv or being on their phones and that developing an interest in politics was a way for people to become informed on the current events about the pandemic and everyday life for others.” 

All of these trending hobbies and interests gave people peace during the time of isolation. Finding something new and fresh to help speed up your clock allowed days to go by less lonely and boresome. 

Kelly Coyne is a staff writer.

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