This Fall, the majority of Canada’s colleges and universities are going to be moving forward with distance learning. For most classes, this largely involves online lectures and some students aren’t particularly excited about the new semester. If you’re a little down about the ‘new normal’ this year, liven things up with a Virtual Frosh Week!
Frosh Week in 2020
Frosh Week, the period before the start of an academic year at a university or college (also called Orientation Week, Welcome Week, or Freshers’ Week) usually means fun times, new friends, and new freedoms!
This year, most schools are holding virtual Frosh Weeks, which are going to include fun activities with chances to get to know classmates and information sessions to learn more about the school and university life.
We recommend fully participating and to add some more fun, here are our top suggestions for a virtual Frosh Week:
1. Improv Games
A good way to make everyone laugh and blow off some steam is to play some improv games. Easy to do virtually on a group Zoom call, there are lots of options including One Word Story, Convergence, and 5 Things. Virtual might even be a bit easier for those on the shy side! Either way, it’s time to let go and have fun!
2. Zoom Dance Party
These have been happening all over the world since the beginning of the pandemic, but why stop now? You could try a simpler Zoom party with music, dancing, and a few friends or check out organized parties like the DDP (Tom and Gary’s Decentralized Dance Party) which brings together people from all over the world every Saturday for a dance party! Some people get their COVID bubbles together and dance with each other while being part of the global DDP. Either way, it’s time to dance it out.
3. Dorm Life Cooking
Just because you’re not on campus and still at your parents doesn’t mean you can’t cook! Help prepare yourself for your eventual return to campus living by trying to learn some new cooking skills. With a simple Google search, you can find instructions on how to cook anything. We recommend starting with expanding the microwave skills. In under three minutes, you can have a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie in a mug! Or there are Seven Dorm-Friendly Microwave Meals, Five Fresh Food’s You Can Cook in the Microwave, and 13 Easy Microwave Cakes. Really it will make you wonder why anyone uses an oven at all!
4. Virtual Group Yoga
Again this can be done via a Zoom call with one friend leading the yoga, or there are plenty of virtual yoga classes that anyone can join. Looking for some direction? This article lists the eight best virtual yoga classes of 2020. With categories of Best Budget, Best Overall and Best for Beginners, you’re sure to find one that fits your style!
For a quick 15 minute yoga blast try Stephanie’s class.
5. Fitbit Contest
It’s time to upgrade your daily Fitbit challenge. No longer are you just competing with yourself, now it’s time to level up and take on others. The app itself has options for group contests under its challenges section and a page explaining how it works. There are even hacks you can find online to better compete and own the challenge.
There are lots of options to help try and capture that Frosh Week feel. Whether it’s your first Frosh Week or you’re a returning student that is going to be learning from home this Fall there are ways to keep things fun, even in these crazy times.