During the COVID-19 pandemic, many UNC students have experienced life in quarantine or an isolation dorm. During this time in isolation, many students have found it difficult to connect with their peers.
In an effort to help students in isolation find ways to socialize safely, UNC Campus Recreation and Student Wellness are working together to implement an outreach program that helps students connect with one another — even in isolation.
A total of 73 students used on-campus quarantine housing between Jan. 1 and Feb. 23., and 48 students used on-campus isolation housing.
Through the program, these students can participate in virtual activities like live trivia nights, art programs and yoga classes. Students also have access to Daily Self-Care, a set of daily goals that seek to aid student wellness during isolation.
When students check into any on-campus quarantine dorm, they are given a wellness kit, which includes an information sheet about the program and a link to sign up.
But this outreach program is not limited to students isolating on campus. Anyone — whether in isolation or not — has the opportunity to utilize the virtual activities.
Several Campus Recreation sports interns have helped in the process of building and maintaining the outreach program.
Claire Riley, a sports program intern, said though students can still interact with their peers through virtual classes, this program is different.
“Being able to recreate and have some human interaction while stuck in isolation is a reprieve,” Riley said. “It also helps to pass the time, and I believe it helps students feel less alone."