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Posted 
Apr 1, 2020
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College Life
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What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs,

blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and

format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

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How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

With the explosion of COVID-19 all across the world, most people are being encouraged to stay indoors until the virus rides out its wave.

Woman sit on the side of windows

While you, as a young person, may not be among the most vulnerable to the virus even if you get it, you can still pass it on to people who are. This is precisely why it’s so important to self-isolate for the time being.

That being said, self-isolation doesn’t mean that you have to live in total isolation. There are still plenty of ways for you to socialize with your friends while still keeping them at a safe distance until the virus runs its course. 

Here are 5 ways that you can practice safe social distancing while you’re stuck in quarantine:

Netflix
Make yourself some snacks to go along with your Netflix Party. Hot chocolate and popcorn are some of our favorites!

1. Binge a new show or an old favorite on Netflix together

In the days of old (two weeks ago), it used to be that everyone had to be in the same room if they wanted to synchronously watch a movie or TV show. Now that we are living in such uncertain times, however, it’s not really safe for us to spend time in close quarters with other people - and we definitely shouldn’t have a bunch of different people trekking through our houses or apartments when we don’t know where else they’ve been. 

Luckily for us, Google Chrome released a new extension that makes it so you don’t even have to leave your bed to enjoy watching something with your friends - and neither do your friends. Netflix Party allows you to watch all of your favorite oldies-but-goodies completely in sync with your friends while they watch from the safety of their own homes.You can chat your reactions as you watch using a sidebar that you can open and collapse at will.

As a note, Netflix Party is only available on Google Chrome, so you’ll all need to make sure you have that downloaded before you start. Everyone who wants to watch should install the extension first. Then, to start a party, all you’ll need to do is click on the “NP” located just to the right of the address bar and share the party URL with everyone who wants to join in on the fun. And then? Let the movie night commence!

Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to cut yourself completely off from your friends. With the internet in our lives, there are so many new ways to explore socializing digitally when we can’t physically. This weekend, pop a bag of popcorn, throw a frozen pizza in the oven and create a Netflix Party for all of your friends to enjoy together. You can choose to watch something that none of you have seen before or you can cozy up with an old favorite.

Woman video call
Alright, if no one else is going to say it, then we will: the best thing about a Facetime date when you’re in quarantine is that no one expects you to look good.

2. Set up regular Skype or Facetime dates

We never really realize just how good getting to talk to other people face-to-face is for our mental health until that luxury has been ripped away. Human beings are naturally social creatures. Face-to-face interaction is a really important part of our social needs, so when you’re stuck inside and alone on quarantine, or maybe just desperate to see a face other than your family members’, your mental health can really start to take a hit.

One way to alleviate this is to set up regular Skype or Facetime dates with your besties. Pick a time that works for both of you, pencil each other into your wide open schedules, and start a call! You’ll get to catch up on everything that’s been going on while you’ve been sequestered indoors away from each other, and you’ll get to look each other in the eyes while you do it. While nothing really beats getting to see each other live and in person, this will do for now.

You’ll probably actually wind up spending more time together than you ever used to see each other in person. What’s handy about technology is that you can kind of just drag it around with you wherever you go, so by the time it’s safe for you to see each other outside of a screen again, you’ll be closer than ever.

You can help to motivate each other through your online classes. It’ll be sort of like you’re studying together in the library. Set goals for yourselves when you open up your documents, share them with each other, and then set a time limit to see how much you can get done in that amount of time. It’s a good way to act as accountability partners to each other. You’ll definitely get some work done, and you can chat with each other intermittently as you do it.

Create that book club
Remember being a bookworm but can’t remember what it was like? We think there’s a good chance you’re about to.

3. Create that book club you’ve always dreamed of

Everybody, at one point or another, has dreamed of having a book club where they can have an excuse to gush over whatever books they’ve been reading with their friends. Unfortunately, if you’ve been in college for any amount of time, you probably know by now that the free time you have for recreational reading is severely less than what you expected going into school. Because of the quarantine, however, you now have more free time than you know what to do with.

 Why not use this time as an opportunity to cross something else off of your bucket list? Make a poll to find out all of your friends’ favorite kinds of books to read, and use their answers to come up with a list of books that will allow everyone to enjoy at least one. Since most libraries are closed at this point, try to pick options that are also available as e-books. That way, no one will have to spend excess money they don’t necessarily have right now to participate.

The books and the schedule for reading them is entirely up to you, but in the interest of keeping everyone on the same page (figuratively) in your reading, we recommend setting specific start and stop dates for each book. It will also probably help you with your discussions if you stick to only reading one book at a time. Once you finish one, you can all hop onto a skype call together to discuss your thoughts.

Group Chat

4. Put together a group chat of all your favorite people

Okay, group chats can be a bit messy - but they can also be a lot of fun! If you’ve ever wanted live updates of the drama going on in your friends’ houses but not been in the position where either of you could hop onto the phone, now you and all of your closest friends can learn all about it with a quick text to the group chat.

Group chats are there to keep you entertained while you’re locked away inside your house. You can send each other memes, links to quizzes, funny tweets, or tiktoks you stumble across in your daily scroll through the internet. This is the perfect opportunity for you to hype up each other’s selfies before you post them. In a group chat, you’ll all be able to see each other’s messages and reply or react to them in real time.

There are a few different platforms for you to host a group chat on, so use whichever one is going to work best for your friend group. Whatsapp lets you reply to messages directly, Discord and iMessage both let you react to messages, and all of them are great platforms for debating the validity of American cheese. You are going to learn so much that you never knew about your friends when you join a group chat with them.

If you’d like, you can make themed chats to set yourselves up with specific talking points for each chat. Discord actually allows you to create different channels where you can assign specific topics for each channel so that you aren’t stuck with one single, cluttered chat. Whatever you choose, your new group chat is bound to be a great way for you to practice social distancing with your friends while you’re all being kept tragically away from each other.

Checklist
Who knew you could be this motivated? Start making your checklists today.

5. Make a competition to see who can be the most productive

Alright, this one’s a bit of a doozy, but you’re going to feel better all around if you’re keeping on top of your daily tasks, even while you’re forced to stay inside. This is the perfect time for you to start catching up on everything you’ve been neglecting while you’ve been grinding away at your schoolwork, but we definitely understand why you might be lacking a bit in the motivation to do those things when you only have so much space to move around in.

To give yourself a little extra boost of motivation, then, why not make a competition to see which of you among your friends can be the most productive on a given day. We suggest making a list of “chores” for you to accomplish by the day’s end. Most of you have probably had your classes moved online by this point, so you are still going to have to do some schoolwork. Fill your “chores” list with things like class assignments, doing the dishes, folding your laundry, and even showering.

Your lists can be personalized to whatever each of you have to do for the day, but we recommend assigning a point-value to each task. Whoever has the most points by the end of the day earns bragging rights (until the end of the next day). This is a great way to keep you on task and to help you catch up on all of the things you’ve been neglecting to do for your self care and mental health.

You don’t have to be lonely while you’re quarantining. It’s only natural to miss your friends when you can’t see them as often as you’re used to, but there are still plenty of ways to keep in touch with them - and to have fun doing it - through social distancing.

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