How are you all handling the quarantine rules? Being a student often means living in a very compact space. Sitting alone in a tiny room can be challenging, spending a lot of time with yourself. I talked to a student that has been spending a lot of time alone in a 20 square feet apartment.

Hello Amanda! How old are you and where do you live?

  • Hi! I’m 25 years old, and I’m currently living in one of Stockholm’s student complexes. It’s a skyscraper called “Skrapan,” and it is located in Södermalm.

Have you been spending a lot of time alone in your apartment?

  • Yes, it’s been a lot, but here in Sweden, we haven’t had the same lockdown rules as in other countries, so there are definitely other students who’ve been alone for a longer time. 

What’s the longest time that you’ve been alone in your apartment? 

  • I think it was for two weeks. I didn’t leave my apartment for one week, and the other week, I started to take short walks.

What was the most challenging part about being alone in your apartment during this time?

  • Being alone. I’m used to hanging out with my classmates, and during this time, I only saw a couple of them on google meet if they had their camera on. It was the same thing with my best friends. I usually see them a few times a week. 

Do you have any tips/ life-hacks that helped you get through this?

  • Face-Time! Video calls with my friends really helped me. We usually call each other when we wake up, and then we have a co-working space online. 

Ah, that’s very smart! I did the same thing when I was sick and worked from home.

  • Yeah, it’s excellent! Mostly because there are so many in the same situation. 

What was the first thing you did when you were allowed to meet some people again?

  • I went to my best friend’s house. We made dinner and watched a movie. The same thing we did online, but now together.

Do you think that being in quarantine would be easier if your apartment was bigger? Did you ever get a feeling of claustrophobia? 

  • Yes. I felt claustrophobic all the time. I have a lovely view though, but that didn’t help so much. I feel like if you have a bigger apartment, you get a variation of things to do. I had to eat, sleep and study from my bed. 

Yeah, I’ve been there too. It’s easy to do everything in the same place. I was always on my couch. But hey, I at least had one, haha. 

  • Haha yes. It’s essential to like work from your kitchen table and only lay on your couch or bed if you’re about to relax; otherwise, it’s easy to lose all of your routines. And then the days are starting to feel very weird. 

You’re 100% right. Thank you, Amanda, for taking your time to talk to us!

  • No problem, thank you!

And thank you guys for reading this post. Take care and don’t forget to call your friends and family!

Written by Antonella Basagni

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