What to do when on Room Restriction

by Katherine Carraway

Here’s a fun fact for all of you: I get sick a lot.

If you don’t know me, this might be news to you, but my combination of seasonal allergies, forgetting to take allergy medication, and a rather weak immune system all add up to the fact that I miss a lot of class when the seasons change. Therefore, I have much experience with the dreaded room restriction, where one is stuck in a cramped dorm room for the entirety of the day and unable to leave.

Here are some tips for how to survive that:

  1. Get a Head Start on all the Work you are Missing!

There had to be some productivity on this list, so why not make it the first one? Chances are, if you’re missing class, there is something you can be doing. Check your syllabi for reading dates or get a head start on that Chem homework—it has to be done at some point!

  1. Get some rest!

Let’s be real, you’re on room restriction for a reason, and you need all the sleep you can get. So, hunker down and take the nap you deserve.


  1. Start binging that show you’ve been wanting to start or rewatch your favorite show!

Once, I watched all of Avatar: The Last Airbender in four days because I was sick and had nothing better to do, so take from that what you will.

  1. Beg your Friends to Bring You Meals

It’s true that you could go to the Cafeteria, but at this point you’re probably pretty committed to your life as a room hermit, so text your roommate and ask them to bring you lunch. They’ll probably feel guilty about your sad sick self and comply with your demands.


  1. Stare out the Window and Ponder your Fate.

After about 2 p.m. the day sort of seems to get old, you feel trapped, on top of sick. Take this time to peek outside your window and wonder what it’s like on the outside. Were you ever really out there? Or have you been in this room the entirety of your life?


  1. “Accidentally” Leave your Door Open and Stare at the People Who Walk By

Now you’re getting a bit sad, you haven’t seen anyone in what feels like days. Wave at the people who walk by, it’s only weird if you make it weird.


  1. Accept It

You’re trapped, yes, but the only thing you can really do about it hope your body fights whatever illness off relatively quickly, so you might as well succumb to the

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