By Olivia Capasso || Junior Editor
Given the current nature of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Americans are urged to self-quarantine and avoid public places by any means. Depending on an individual’s place of residence, that could equate to a complete lockdown, stranded, with no choice but to socialize only with one’s own family. Many adult children have returned home from their work in highly populated areas, and, of course, nearly all college students have reluctantly done the same. Spending unbounded amounts of time with siblings and parents could have interesting effects on family life in the United States, especially for those who have not lived together for years.
As a result of living in close quarters, a likely scenario is that you will have ample opportunity to bond over various activities and become closer with your family members as the quarantine persists. Perhaps you have become so bored that engaging in a conversation with your younger sister now appears to be a viable option. Maybe you will even go so far as to ask your mother if she needs help cooking dinner one night. For those without siblings, then locate the family dog, cat, or really any other pet that you can finally get to know and give your undivided attention to. This is the perfect scenario, however, odds are that spirits will not remain this high if your family is even the least bit turbulent.
The opposite situation is much less pleasant, but equally as realistic, in my opinion. Your older sibling returns home for the time being from working in a city and you are left no choice but to accept that you all are living under the same roof once again. You quickly recall all of the things you dislike about this sibling, and soon enough, their very existence begins to irritate you once more. Similarly, you may even observe yourself adopting similar character traits to your past self as a result of reverting back to such a childhood-resembling living situation. Once your parents begin driving you up a wall, you realize this arrangement will simply no longer work, so you decide to lock yourself in your bedroom and consume yourself in Tik Toks until the pandemic has passed.
Now, the realistic outcome most always falls between the two extremes. No, this time will likely not be picture-perfect, especially if you are like me, living with siblings you disagree with, but it will also not be the worst thing in the world. Take this opportunity to spend time with your parents, pets, other family members, and even just yourself, as this quarantine is a unique experience that should be utilized as much as possible. For example, you can watch old home movies with your parents, return to an instrument you used to play, or go for a run with your sibling. Though I know most college students would much prefer to be on campus, particularly the seniors, we unfortunately must accept the situation and make the most of what we have. So use this time in whatever way you feel is most productive, and do not forget to wash your hands.
First Year Olivia Capasso is a Junior Editor her email is firstname.lastname@example.org