Ask Abbie: Corona Edition


Dear Abbie,

I want to be roommates with someone [next year in college] but I can’t tell if they do too.



Dear Master,

We’re at a scary time right now, there are a lot of things up in the air that we simply can’t call yet. Adding the struggle of finding good roommates for next year can seem like another daunting task. Since it sounds like you’re already talking to someone about it, good for you! This is the first and hardest step in finding a good roommate; you need to talk to as many people as possible in hopes of finding someone you click with. 

So you’ve found someone that you like but you’re not sure if they would want to room with you. Although it may be hard, this is just something you’ll need to bring up in conversation. I recommend calling or facetiming with people you like to get a better and more clear understanding of them as a person. It’s a lot easier to open up face to face.

When the time feels right, just ask them! Whatever happens happens, things will all work out for the best. My brother didn’t look for roommates at all and ended up with two great friends by the end of the year. And even if you do wind up with a difficult roommate, it won’t be the end of the world. There’s parks, libraries, and friends’ dorms you can always escape to.

Good luck next year!



Dear Abbie,

I’m stir crazy at home without being able to see anyone but my family. Do you have any ideas on how I can stay sane?

-Going Crazy in Cayucos


Dear Crazy,

I think we’re all struggling at least a little bit with cabin fever at this point. It sucks not going to school and getting out of the house every day. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to alleviate the madness.

The most important thing for me has been staying in contact with my friends. It’s very hard not seeing them and getting up to our usual shenanigans. My favorite solution has been group FaceTimes and all downloading the app HouseParty, which is essentially giant FaceTime with games built-in. I’ve also heard about apps like Netflix Party and Rave, which allow you and your friends to all watch a movie or tv show together from your separate houses.

Another good thing to do is get outside, even if it can only be your backyard. Sit out for a while and play with your dog or read a good book. Some fresh air can do wonders.



Dear Abbie,

I feel like I should pick up some new hobbies with my free time. Any suggestions?


Dear Goldfish,

The sky’s the limit when it comes to learning new skills and picking up hobbies. Is there anything that piqued your interest in the past? You could break out your mom’s old guitar and try some cords, or maybe see if you have a green thumb. If you’re wanting to dabble in the arts, paint something or draw a picture. Juggling seems fun too. And if worst comes to worst, you can always learn another TikTok dance.





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