A Day in the Life of a Quaranteen

A look at the schedule of a teenager during social distancing

Written by McKenna Tanner

Tuesday, March 24

8:05 a.m. Wake up. Regret staying up late the night before.

8:45 a.m. Walk the dogs with mother and brother. Don’t forget to stay six feet away from the few people out walking.

9:30 a.m. Try to hula hoop to strengthen your core. Realize you need to practice hula hooping more often.

10:00 a.m. Eat breakfast. Read the features section of the newspaper and avoid the front page headlines because you want good vibes today.

11:00 a.m. Check in with your friend in Europe, and make sure he’s still doing okay. Look over your new website, which was yesterday’s project, and make a few changes. Try not to touch your face and be partially successful.

12:00 p.m. Schoolwork time. Try to figure out what the plan is for the next few weeks. Realize no one is really sure what the plan is. Do AP test prep because that’s the only school-related thing you can do. Discover that may have all been in vain because now all the AP tests will be only free response questions. Worry about what that means for you.

3:00 p.m. Lunchtime. Eat more potato chips than you meant to because they’re just too good. Watch a list of the top 10 country karaoke songs with your mom because why not? Try to predict which songs will make the cut and celebrate with your mom when she’s right about “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks being number one.

4:00 p.m. Make an infographic for the online newspaper while watching a cop show from the ‘60s. Worry that Pete and Jim won’t make it after being kidnapped by the bad guys. Be relieved when they do.

5:00 p.m. Consider watching the evening news.

5:10 p.m. Realize the evening news is stressful and bail.

5:15 p.m. Follow through on your exercise goals. Alternate jumping rope, jumping jacks, and staring at your backyard wondering why you decided to do this to yourself. Be thankful for your pump-up playlist.

5:50 p.m. Learn that now coronavirus is forcing NHS to change its volunteer hour requirements. Acknowledge this as another reminder of how different this year is going to be for you while washing your hands for 40 seconds.

6:00 p.m. Eat dinner with your family. Watch some of the evening news because it’s important to be an informed citizen. Be grateful your mom made chocolate cake because a) it tastes good and b) chocolate triggers your brain to release feel-good hormones.

7:00 p.m. Watch “The First Wives Club” while working on a story for newspaper and feel empowered. Enjoy listening to your parents each do their own renditions of “You Don’t Own Me.” Be glad you like your family and don’t mind spending all this time with them.

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