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How To Support Another Student Who Is In Lockdown

Written by Sam | October 28, 2020

If you know a student or friend who is having to isolate because either them or someone in their lecture or building has had COVID, then here are some ways you can offer to help them to make sure they are staying, happy and healthy.

  • Give them a call

Just calling them and making sure they are ok won’t go unnoticed. If they aren’t expecting it, even better because it could just make their day. You don’t have to call them for long, it can be a quick check up, but it can break up their day for them.

  • Offer to grab them some food

It is inevitable that they will forget something on the food shop and they need it for a recipe etc, if that is the case and you are going or ordering, grab it and take it around for them. You can leave it on the doorstep for them and remain socially distanced.

  • Leave them a surprise

This doesn’t have to be big or expensive, it can be a coffee, something you made, a small plant, anything they like to let them know that you are thinking of them.

  • Organise a social event

Being in isolation can be hard but being able to speak and see different people is very refreshing after about the 5th day. It can be just a group of you having a chat or something more serious like a quiz. If you are a gamer, you can organise a time to play and game with each other and then you can spend some time together and time can go really fast when you are gaming!

  • Try and make them laugh

If you find a good meme on social media, or a video on TikTok then be sure to share it with them. This will give them a quick laugh and spread the endorphins to make them feel better.

  • Be a listener

In isolation it can be tough and they will hit a range of emotions, if they need someone to talk to, offer your services.

  • Encourage them to learn something new

Encourage them to try a new hobby or become better at something, something I tried was to learn a new language on Duo Lingo. I’m still not perfect, however, I am better than what I was. If you have something they can use, drop it off and ask for it back after their isolation period, but make sure you sanitize it first.

Summary

At some point each uni and most student accommodations will have to do their stint in isolation because of the R number reaching above a certain point. If this happens and you have done your time or don’t need to do it yet, make sure that you look after your friends because when you need to do it, they will be there for you.

You don’t need to take hours out of your day and spend your whole student loan, just letting them know the effort is made with no expectation of anything back means a lot to people.

If you want someone to talk to and are in isolation, feel free to WhatsApp me and I will be happy to talk to you!

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