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Four Skills to Learn During Quarantine

By Olivia Ortlieb

Since the start of this quarantine, your life has probably slowed down a lot, and chances are that you have a lot more free time on your hands than usual. While you may be tempted to spend all that time playing video games and watching Netflix, I suggest taking advantage of this unusual period in history by learning about something you normally wouldn’t have the time or energy to study. Here are four examples of skills that you could try out during this pandemic.

#1 - Coding

Coding is a super valuable skill to have in the 21st century. There are plenty of great websites out there that make learning to code easy and fun. I suggest trying Codecademy, GitHub, and/or Khan Academy.

#2 - Cooking

If you’re anything like me and can barely make instant noodles correctly, you might want to invest your time in learning how to cook. There are tons of recipes on the internet that you can follow to make tasty dishes using what you have at home. This skill is sure to help you out in post-secondary and beyond!

#3 - Learning a New Language

With the rapid globalization of our world, learning a new language has become an increasingly valuable way to spend your time. Perhaps you want to revitalize your rusty French skills, pick up a language likely to help you in the real world such as Spanish or Mandarin, or even just learn about a not-particularly-useful language that you’re interested in (Latin, anyone?). No matter which language you pick, there are tons of resources you can use to help you learn, such as Duolingo and Rosetta Stone.

#4 - Playing an Instrument

You probably have some sort of long-forgotten instrument lying around your house, even if it’s just that dusty recorder you got in grade three. But whatever it is, now is a great time to rediscover your musical talents and learn some new songs!

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