For all my college girls out there: I feel you. It doesn’t seem like COVID-19 is going anywhere anytime soon-- R.I.P. to our college experience (for now). While doing our part to flatten the curve, everyone and their mothers are going stir crazy. I’m still dreaming of socials and living with my best friends, but that doesn’t mean your social life should go completely dead. Now, more than ever it's time to check-in with your friends and be there for each other when you can’t physically be there with each other. If you’re sick of the same-old texts and FaceTimes, here are some fun ways to spice up your virtual hangouts.
Did someone say GIRRRRL’S NIIIIGHT!!!!! Just because the whole world has shut down, that doesn’t mean the fun has to! Hop on a Zoom call with your best girlfriends, dress up in ridiculous costumes, and the night is yours!
One of my favorite things to do is watch trashy reality TV shows with my friends for our top-tier commentary. Even before quarantine, my friend and I would watch The Circle at the same time while texting each other-- we were embarrassingly invested. Another option is to use Netflix Party, making the experience more like you’re hanging out with your friends.
Pretending Everything is Normal Night
I will admit, this one is a little sad. Using the virtual background on Zoom, pick a place you can all pretend to be (like I said, sad). Whether it’s your dorm, sorority house, or a spot downtown, you all can reminisce on your college nights before reality smacks you in the face.
As an open letter to sorority girls (and everyone else) everywhere, I know it sucks. Like really sucks. But we can get through it together. Don’t be afraid to lean on your sisters, and don’t be surprised when they lean right back. Everybody needs somebody, and we are so incredibly lucky to have an entire sisterhood of somebody. And who said Zoom hangouts can’t be fun, right?
I want to thank all essential workers for going to work every day while (probably) scared. It must be frustrating seeing people who have the privilege to stay home not stay home or people complaining about staying home. Being able to stay home is a privilege and one I do not plan on taking advantage of. To the reader, please think about the lives that are lost before you decide to socialize in-person or not doing your part to flatten the curve (obviously, I’m not talking about going to the grocery store, the hospital, etc).
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We will get through this together.
Xx, Leonora Lillie
University of Georgia, Phi Mu