While life outside our homes has slowed down in quarantine, for some, things are just picking up.
Some flock to binge watch the newest shows on Netflix revisit old video games or spend time outside other students are getting back in touch with forgotten parts of themselves.
James Smith is a graduate student at LSU. He spoke about how his love for music production, and how that slipped away when he came to college.
“Once college hit and, you know, I just had like, so much to do everyday it felt like, you know, the transition from like high school to college is just like super real," Smith said. "So, you know, you lose some part of yourself, you gain a lot of parts of yourself also, music unfortunately was like one of the things that I lost, at least production-wise.”
Many students expressed that in some ways, they’re thankful for the free time that they’ve gained so they can get back in touch with this part of themselves.
“In high school I went to a performing and visual arts high school in Houston, So my like concentrate was like art so that was like all I had focused on and that's all I did for four years," Duron said. "And then I went to college and I majored in Psychology and I wasn't able to do art a lot, so this like I feel like Corona has been kind of like a blessing and a curse–blessing because like I've been able to like, get back in to something that I love doing.”
Others are getting involved in activities that haven’t always been around, but have the capacity to reconnect them with their old passions, like LSU student Mckenzie Montiel with the app Tik Tok.
“I'm taking up a new hobby and that is learning dances on Tik Tok, and really challenging myself by, you know, trying to learn these complicated dances and posting them," Montiel said. "I chose this because I grew up dancing and obviously I don't really have an outlet for that in college. So you know, challenging myself to really start back and trying to dance again even if it's little simple dances.”
In some cases, taking part in these activities can also serve as a way to stay in touch with friends, from afar.
“I've asked like some of my friends to like FaceTime me, and in a way like that's been a way to like still stay in contact with them and make sure that I'm like entertained– like getting some kind of social interaction,” Duron also said.
And while these students have enjoyed their time reconnecting with their old passions, they’re hopeful but unsure about keeping up with them once normal life picks back up.
“Just because it is such an integral part of my identity, I feel now, because I've been doing this for probably at least six to eight hours a day, over the last two weeks. But at the same time school is also a huge part of my identity. And so I feel like I've lost a bit of that identity, but it's like I said like way back earlier. As part of that, you know, you lose some of yourself you gain some of yourself during the college years.”