BY ADRIAN PRECIADO
CYPRESS CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER
“Quarantine” has left everyone with more free time than ever which has led to Cypress College students finding new hobbies and interests to pass the time.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit hard and since last March, we have all been isolated and left with opportunities to try things we have been wanting to try or things that we just discovered.
With nothing but our phones, computers and social media, there have been many trends that gained popularity throughout the past year so I wanted to see if Cypress students have gained any new interests.
I asked eleven students total and it became evident that most students have found new interests.
Students Ramiel Pedraza and Harjaap Singh have both learned how to play guitar. Pedraza added, “I’ve always wanted to learn how to play musical instruments.”
Outdoor activities and exercising has also been popular amongst Cypress Students, Sahib Mann said he started kickboxing and Carlos Preciado said that he began skating on his free time.
Some students have even found multiple hobbies. Marcus Bognot said he began cooking, sewing and producing music, he added that an interest is “coffee making and making little designs on them.” Gilbert Ungos stated that he started exercising, getting back into old hobbies such as playing the Yu-Gi-Oh card game and also catching on old tv shows and also some new shows, he stated “since last year, i’ve been watching some shows that i wouldn’t have bothered watching before.”
Student Sumeet Singh stated that he started reading career books focused engineering and he also said that got a barbell and some weights and has set a goal of working out 6 times a week, “having a goal to reach is pretty exciting and makes staying at home easier” stated Singh. Student Paul Kahlon has started driving long distances and working on vehicles.
Other students have also started new hobbies, Omran Al-Tamini has started reading more, Devin Engle started making YouTube videos for his channel and Dennis Duarte has gotten into watching Star Wars.
While the pandemic has brought a lot of stress and uncertainty to us all, it is great that students have found new passions to pass the time and enjoy for themselves.