Students, staff pick up new hobbies during self-isolation

Annie S '20 has been brushing up her painting skills throughout his time. She painted this to spread support to her friends in theater.

Self-isolation has been happening since about March 14, so it’s been about two months of no school, no friends, and no socialization. However, it has given people an immense amount of time, and many Heritage Eagles have been picking up new hobbies throughout the self-isolation period. 

   “The hobbies that I’ve picked up are being a support human for my dog, cleaning my garage, and of course, sleeping more than ever,” says Grant B. ’20. 

   Those are just a few of the hobbies being picked up by students and staff, both in and out of Heritage. The new talents seem to have a wide range, and people are testing out what they can do during this time. 

   “I have picked up hair and makeup, and keep improving. I am also getting better at writing and painting,” says Annie S. ’20.

   Annie is not alone in picking some form of artwork, and some students are choosing to add to their skills as well, and some are even adding a dose of comedy to their habits

   “I have been picking up drawing more. Also, I’ve been sharing a lot of internet memes with friends,” says Rey P. ’20. 

   One of the most popular activities seems to be some form of exercise combined with baking, and senior Keegan P. has decided to take on both. 

   “I’ve been doing a lot of yoga and taking my dogs on walks almost every day. I’ve also been baking chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles, and rice krispies. I’ve tried painting but it’s not very good, and I have definitely improved my Netflix binge watching skills,” says Keegan P. 

   Teachers have also been finding ways to pass the time, and Mr. Kirtis Woodman, Social Studies teacher, has been making the best of his quarantine time.

   “Not a new hobby but with quarantine, I have had some time to be able to pick up playing the guitar again. I have played since I was in the 8th grade, (even had a band in college) but with kids and teaching I haven’t had much time to play lately.  It has been fun to try and put a smile on people’s faces and even get my family involved. I have also been very fortunate that I have been able to use this time in quarantine to spend some quality family time especially with my two daughters. I am very aware that there are a lot of people who are struggling with this pandemic because of their lack of contact with other people. My two daughters Annie (a first grader) and Emilia (3 years old) have kept my wife and I very busy, (and drive us a little crazy sometimes) but it has been a blessing for us to be able to spend so much time with them,” says Mr. Woodman. 

   Mr. Woodman has also been ensuring that he is staying positive throughout self-isolation, and has been spreading weekly positivity with “midweek melodies” for his classes to help make students smile throughout these times. 

   “I think that the best thing you can do for yourself during this time is to establish a routine.  For my wife and I, we established a clear schedule of when we would work, when we would spend time with our kids so the other could work, when we could have some time to ourselves, and when we would have dedicated family time. The schedule allowed for us to create clear boundaries between work and home life, take some time for ourselves and demonstrate to our kids that just because life has changed, doesn’t mean we won’t be okay.  For me, taking care of myself includes doing things that make me happy. I have enjoyed picking up my guitar again, writing silly songs, and trying to lift others up who are having a harder time than me during this time,” says Mr. Woodman.  

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