What to do till 31st March?
As per the instruction of BHU administration, all the examinations have been postponed till 31st March 2020. There is an ample amount of time in the hand of students. It totally depends on them how they are going to utilize this time period of 10-12 days.
On 13th March 2020 Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced in a press conference that all the schools/colleges will stay closed till 22nd March and if the situation will remain same, further date could be extended.
All schools, colleges, malls and cinema halls would remain closed till 31st March 2020 to avoid the further outbreak of the virus in the “Varanasi-The city of Ghats”. While the date has been extended till 31st March, there are a number of things for the students to do instead of sitting inert at home.
We can’t deny the fact that the extension of holidays by any number has always been the most pleasant feeling for any student. In this tradition, Banaras Hindu University students are no exception to the case, especially when their “Holi” break has been extended for the entirety of March. The only worrying aspect is the cause of this longevity, which is, to keep students away from large gatherings at campuses and from ghats and buses/tempos to avoid the spread of the deadly Corona Virus.
The major drawback of this bonus 2-week long holiday break is that the students are advised not to leave their homes and avoid going outside unnecessarily. In case of emergency, even if one goes, he/she should take proper precautions. In these circumstances, the most common question which arises in the mind of students is what should we do in this long break to not get bored and sometimes in order to overcome mental stress? What can be done to enjoy under this long Corona captivity? What are the different options available at home which can be explored? How could we plan these days to utilize it to the maximum and don’t regret after spending it so? well, we are here with all your answers. Just reading it out.
Spend quality time with family members
We all are living in the 21st century where everyone is busy in themselves. We don’t have so much time to talk with our parents and family members and many of the students don’t consider it so important. Occasionally, The first thing that all students should do is bookmark some quality time in the day for family talks. Start talking to your father, mother, and siblings, a thing which becomes almost impossible for students, especially for the ones living in colleges. Parents and guardians today, complain about how family conversations have been reduced to mere eating dinner together. This is a perfect time to let them know that you do care. Just sit near them, ask them questions about family, its history and you will realize the time when you had enjoyed, argued, fought with none but your family. Watch some good movies and shows with them at home. Play some board games like Ludo, carrom, etc, and relive all the joyful moments.
Acquire new skills
Here we are having a lot of time since we are not allowed to go out of our homes for our safety. Now it’s the time we can do a lot of things in which one we can give time to our self to learn new skills. Many of us have to desire to learn different skills but during college timing and the burden of studies, we cannot afford to do it. We are living in a modern world where everyone has gadgets like mobile phones, laptops tablets, etc, which can help in learning new kinds of stuff from various online platforms. Many YouTube channels are available to guide us to learn new things. Hit and trial methods can also be proved helpful to learn something exciting. Also, we can ask our parents and siblings to teach us the skills which they are good at. For those who are interested in writing blogs, running youtube channels, my dear, it’s the time you can boost up your interest. Don’t suppress your desire.
Reading is a practice that should be done on a regular basis. What better time to completely dedicate yourself to books than an extended break! Books have always been served as the truest friend to mankind. By reading, we can enhance our knowledge, concentration, thinking ability, and learn the experience of great persons. Even students who are not habitual of reading daily can start developing a habit by reading 4-5 pages daily. Now, we can spend our day hours giving time to book reading. For readers, it is the best time to complete books and classics as many as they can. Various books are available online as well as offline like romantic novels, thrillers, motivational, life experiences, biographies, autobiographies, nature descriptions, science and technology-related, etc. So enjoy reading books and make your friendship with them better. Reading newspapers is equally important.
It is really the best time for creative people. Do you have a keen interest in web designing? Are you interested in blogging? Then what are you waiting for? Just kick yourself in this leisure time to podcast your creativity via many online platforms. Either, If you are a writer or aspire to be one, start writing an article or paragraph on anything daily and gradually see the improvement. Start writing on contemporary issues like Delhi riots, CAA and MP crisis and you will know that for writing on anything, you need research and you will automatically start reading. Even if you are writing articles, publish them somewhere, do a book review whenever you read a book. It’s not just a time pass activity but ultimately helps you develop a good and positive habit. You can start your blogging site as well. Be yourself and trust yourself. It is also the best time to introspect yourself, know more about yourself. In our busy lives, we often forget to talk to ourselves and therefore, it is the best time to work on ourselves as well. Learn from mistakes, develop a habit, learn something new, like a new foreign language, any computer course, drawing, singing, playing guitar and all this is now easily available online for the basic level, so you don’t need to travel outside. Talk to yourself and enjoy your own company for a while.
Online shows and web series
Last but not least, give some time to heal yourself as well at your psychological level. Try to chill out with your soul. Entertain yourself. You can also enjoy watching good and informative content, which can be related to your course or otherwise on Netflix, Hotstar, and explore different shows. Also, it’s the best time to complete some great, long and famous series like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Narcos, Lucifer, Asur, Hostel Daze, etc. One can always also watch ‘documentaries ‘ like Pradhanmantri, Rashtrapati for the sake of your knowledge which are based on our history to understand the society, on recent global and political affairs to understand world politics as well.
I hope, you guys have found much useful stuff to try and smartly utilize your days till 31st March even without going outside. You can try and learn new things and even master quite a few of them. Sometimes, it is important to know yourself, understand yourself and spend some time with yourself. Take this break from that point of view. It is also important that we don’t be panic and even lose our hope in the time of this pandemic, but stay together and be safe.
You guys can share your experience of your “Corona Break” with us in the comment section below.