The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China has spread to well over six continents. Hundreds of thousands of people have been infected and thousands of people have died. The spread of coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

COVID-19 had reached India, and it being the second most populated country in the world, took drastic measures to prevent its spread – India was to be set under a 21-day complete lockdown. This might seem unnecessary because a 3-week lockdown would be so inconvenient, but looking at the situation in other countries like Italy and Spain, I personally feel we did a fantastic job announcing this lockdown. While this would mean most of the scheduled exams would have to be postponed, it was still better than risking our lives to complete an exam.

This 21-day lockdown period is also proven to be very productive, depending on how you use it! I’d like to share how I’ve been spending my time during this lockdown period.

– Since the announcement of this lockdown, most of the engineering entrance exams have been postponed, which is actually a blessing in disguise because I get more time to prepare for these exams!

– I get to spend some quality time with my family because both my brother and father are working from home now. We’ve actually bonded quite a lot during this period that we spent together, as one family.

– All this extra time at hand got me pumped to learn a new skill. I quite honestly love coding and computers in general so I’ve been taking courses on topics like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and they’re super interesting! They’ll also come in handy when I’m building my portfolio.

– I have also been using this extra time to catch up with the TV shows and read books that I’ve forever been wanting to! Shows like The Big Bang Theory and Breaking Bad are awesome!

So, contrary to the popular opinion that this lockdown period is just unproductive and boring, I think it really depends on how you spend your time. Being active on social media can help spend time but it’s obviously going to get boring after a while. I would highly recommend that you pick up a new skill or do something you’re really interested in!

Make hay while the sun shines!

By Rijuth menon II PUC

Posted by CMRNPUC

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