How Radford University students are coping during Quarantine

Hands down, nobody asked for this. Being trapped at home is no fun, especially if you have to deal with a lot of school stress. Plus, the stress of having all of your classes moved to online has completely caused a sudden change of our daily routine. 

Tammy Parks, Professor of Art at New River Community College in VA, had to cope with quarantine by working with whatever is at hand since non-essential stores are now closed. 

“My stress relief for the past month or so is creating a daily entry called Quarantine Artist in Residence where I try to find art that can be made with whatever is at hand since the arts and crafts stores are closed.” said Parks. “The more ridiculous the material, the more I love it.” 

According to an article was published on, Clinical psychologist Amy Sullivan says that people should find a balance of exposure to the kind of news that works for each person. 

“As humans we want control over our lives and in this situation, so we have to learn to manage lack of control,” says Dr. Sullivan. “While it’s important to stay informed of the latest news and developments, the evolving nature of the news can get overwhelming. Find a balance of exposure to news that works for you,” said Sullivan. 

Parks recommended organizing and planning out responsibilities for the rest of the semester.

“The best thing they can do is to get old school and make out a giant calendar that has all your due dates and responsibilities. Color code that thing, what are the most important things you need to finish?” said Parks, “Put giant X’s over the things accomplished. Seeing the whole end of the semester laid out helps you out rather than having this abstract idea in the back of your mind of all the things you have to do on separate canvas or blackboards online. And give yourself a treat when you finish something…one episode of The Witcher if I write that essay,” said Parks. 

Angie Juodagalvis, a junior at Radford University said “I’ve been doing embroidery because it’s fun for me and takes my mind away from everything else going on. Since it’s very mathematical and I have to pay attention to what I’m doing, I try to focus on the things I can control. I try to bring joy to the people in my life that I’m actively able to see, and I’m appreciative for my health each and every day knock on wood that I don’t get sick.” 

Reliving stress can be done with whatever works for your mental state. Hannah Forsyth, a freshman at Radford University, keeps her mind away by remodeling her house, 

“I’ve been dealing with stress by remodeling my house; it just keeps my mind away from thinking about everything that have been going on,” said Forsyth. “I downloaded multiple apps to learn a new language (French) like I always wanted to. I think this quarantine is allowing many people to do what they have been procrastinating on.” Forsyth said. 

Being surrounded by mother nature can be magically calming and a great way to think clearly. Going out for a walk, hike, or even relaxing at lakes can be a 100% mood changer. 

Lucy Smith, a Radford University student, is coping by going out in the nature to relax. “I have been going outside and relaxing at the lake. I’m an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and my job is nothing but stressful all the time which affects my mental health, so I take some time for myself to either workout on my days off or go out to enjoy the nature.” said Smith. 

“I try to keep my self busy by working around the house and finish up projects that I’ve always wanted to finish but never gotten the time or chance to do it,” said Angelica Martinez. “I also am currently learning crafting, drawing, and started a YouTube channel to review products that I’ve been experimenting lately.” 

Coronavirus has forced us to live in Zoom (the video conferencing platform). Besides online classes, many people have been using it to get together with friends, families, and work purposes, 

“What I do to relief my stress is keep in touch with my friends and my parents using Zoom. When I feel like overwhelmed, I plan movie nights with my friends using “Zoom” for video chatting.” said Reed Ramsdell. “I also follow cooking pages on Instagram, so I spend a lot of my time learning new recipes. Turns out that I’m a great chef.”