During this time, social distancing is a key factor for our safety. As our students and many of our faculty and staff are now working from home, it can become difficult to stay connected.

One of the main ways people are staying connected to not only courses, but also friends and family, is through Zoom.

“Zoom is really keeping me connected with family and friends,” said ISU student Taylor Hooton.

Zoom allows you to video chat with others in an easy way and has some fun features. You can use emoticons and change your background to make the call more entertaining.

Fun things such as online gaming has brought people together as well.

“I have been playing video games with friends, that way I talk to people and still have a relaxing time,” said ISU graduate student Mustafa Mustafa.

This is a fun way to let off some steam and still stay connected.

“Gaming has saved my life,” said ISU student Landon Kleindorfer.

Many people are celebrating their birthdays in quarantine, which poses another challenge while social distancing. Many students are using technology such as Zoom and Facetime to celebrate. So while you may not be able to hug your loved ones on their special day, you can still sing off-key for them!

“I plan on ordering from Big Red and doing a group Facetime with a bunch of my friends. It’s definitely not the way I thought I’d be spending my 21st but it’s probably the best option given the circumstances,” said ISU student Caitlin Wilkins.

One trend that is spanning the country is car parades. This is where a group of friends and family drive in a row to wish someone a happy birthday. This can be a fun, safe way to stay connected during this stressful time.

ISU student Courtney Owens uses Snapchat and TikTok to keep in touch with her friends. Simple texts or funny videos can make all the difference during this time. Other social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are also a great way to connect with friends and family.

It is important to remember that you are not alone during this crazy time. Do not hesitate to pick up the phone, share that video, or make that call. Stay safe, Sycamores!