Chilling at home: Family time, turning to music, a renovation and teaching virtually

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Chilling at home is a segment that focuses on how CHALK readers have been spending their time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We asked you to submit photos that best represent how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your daily routines and how you’ve been spending your time. Here’s how a few Jayhawks are chilling at home, as told to us by email.

Spending quality time with parents | Monica Diedrich, a senior studying marketing and international business from Minnetonka, Minnesota

Chilling at home: Monica Diedrich

Monica is spending time with her family at their cabin and home in Minnesota. 


After making the decision to move back home to Minnesota when classes turned to online, I had mixed emotions. I've spent the last three and a half years of my life in Lawrence, so it was an emotional roller coaster when I realized I left Lawrence and my friends not knowing when I will be able to see them again. Once the emotions set in, I decided to take the opportunities to embrace this extra family time that I had missed the past few years. As a family, we have spent time at our house and cabin, catching up on things we have meant to do for years but never had time to.

After four years of saying we would do it, my dad and I finally made a bean bags game to play this summer. My mom and I have both tried some new baking recipes and spruced up our house and cabin by doing some yard work and planting flowers. My brother and I have had some quality tennis and golf time in the midst of working and doing homework. My whole family and I have enjoyed boat rides, bonfires by the lake and simply getting outside as much as possible as the temperature gets warmer in Northern Minnesota. Although I await the day I get to see my college friends and say my official goodbyes to KU, being able to take advantage of the extra time at my cabin and with my family has made quarantine much easier

Turning to music | Evan Satlin, a junior studying psychology from Los Angeles, California

Chilling at home: Evan Satlin

Evan has been using this new speaker to listen to his favorite music. 


Sitting at home in quarantine has been incredibly boring for me and the rest of my family. One thing I do to pass the time is update my music playlists on Spotify and SoundCloud. My music, previously, had been lacking. Having the time to sit down and listen to all the new music out has made me very happy. Getting this new speaker has also definitely increased my motivation to head bump to Drake’s new mixtape and oldies from the Pharcyde, Tupac and Biggie. 

Renovating a basement | Kait Simmons, a senior studying architecture from Riley, Kansas

During this quarantine, I’ve been helping my dad start remodeling our basement. We spent a week putting up new walls to create a new office space and bedroom, and installing new fixtures in the bathroom. Since then, we’ve been slowly painting, installing flooring and decorating our downstairs living space with the help of online shopping. It has been a great way to spend this time during quarantine doing something productive and meaningful for our family, while also learning new skills. 

Chilling at home: Jordan Berger

Jordan has to help educate her student teaching class entirely virtually.

Teaching virtually | Jordan Berger, a senior studying elementary education from Wichita, Kansas

During this quarantine, I have been completing my student teaching placement, my coursework and licensure for becoming an elementary educator, and spending time with family. Most of my work can be completed online and I have just been trying to give myself time to balance life back with my parents but still feeling like I am a college senior. I have included a picture of my laptop because that is where I have been spending the most time. Whether it is interacting with my students, completing assignments, or having Zoom calls with my friends, this is where I have been able to connect with everyone.

Want to be on CHALK? Send a picture and description of what you’ve been up to for a chance to be featured. Email us ( or send us a message on Instagram (@chalkmagazine) and include your name, hometown and year at the University of Kansas if you’re a University student. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been doing.

Person 1: This song slaps.

Person 2: Your mom slaps.

Person 1: Thank you, my mom is a kind and wonderful lady.

 Person 1: I’m so sick of alcohol.

Person 2: I don’t know, I’m getting stronger every day. I love it.

Person 1: Do you do the vegan wrap here?

Person 2: We can do the chicken wrap with no cheese?

Person 1: I’ll take the Beyond Burger please. 

Person 1: Oh my God! I feel like I know you somehow…

Person 2: Yeah, we went to high school together. 

Person 1: Oh! *walks off*

Guy 1: Is the black market even real? Has anyone ever been on it?

Guy 2: I tried once but I couldn’t figure out how to get on.

Guy 1: I stayed up until 2 am watching Disney plus

Guy 2: I told my girlfriend I fell asleep but I was actually watching the Mandalorian.

Girl 1: How long have you guys been dating?

Girl 2: Since the summer, well actually for like two years but it’s a long story.

Girl 1: Who are you looking for?

Girl 2: This guy, wait I found him. Fanny pack boy. He flipped off my professor after a test and ran out of the classroom.

Girl 1: How did you choose KU? 

Girl 2: Honestly, I flipped a coin. 

Boy 1: Did I tell you? I think I had a threesome this weekend.

Boy 2: Woah, hold up. You think?

Boy 1: I was born a Phi Delt.

Boy 2: Please don’t ever say that again.

Girl 1: How do you get your boobs to look like that?

Girl 2: I don’t ever wear a bra? I don’t know. 

Girl 1: I just really want a guy to bend me over you know?

Girl 2: How do you know? You’re a virgin!

Guy: Sometimes I wish I could just be a dog and sleep all day. 

Girl: You wake up at like three every day. 

Guy: I know.

Girl: So…

Guy: So does that make me a dog or something?

Girl 1: I wish I was a little bit taller.

Girl 2: I wish I was balder.

Girl 1: I wish I had a...wait, wait, wait balder?

Guy 1: Let’s slap dicks

Guy 2: You ever pee and it feels like throwing up?

Woman 1: *holding baby* He would have been safer at the Hawk

Woman 2: Oh absolutely.

Girl 1: I would never date that guy.

Girl 2: Well, it depends how much money he has.

Girl 1: I’m going to the doctor to see if I have bronchitis before I hook up with him again.

Girl 2: Yeah that’s smart so you don’t give it to anyone else. 

Girl 1: No I mean I want to make sure I infect him.

Guy 1: I'm cutting some of my unnecessary costs, starting with Juuling.

Guy 2: Ight man, good luck.

Guy 1: Actually I might just start chewing

Guy 1: How was work?

Guy 2: My manager was chastising me for not dressing up in a Halloween costume, she doesn’t understand I’m strictly here to get paid.

Guy 1: I am so tired of this week, man

Guy 2: Dude it’s Monday

Guy 1: I know

Person#1: I want to be on the first ship to mars

Person#2: Not me, I doubt they have Wi-Fi

Perons#1: Yeah but at least they’re evolving up there. We’re all just devolving.

Girl 1: Um, I don’t eat pig.

Girl 2: You eat bacon all the time, bitch.

Guy 1: You better get going. 

Guy 2: Yeah, see ya. I’m off to get some Adderall.

Girl 1: Are you home right now?

Girl 2: Yeah, why?

Girl 1: I bought a cat

Girl 1: I just don't understand what fishing is for.

Girl 2: I don't know. Food, maybe?

Guy: I’m just gonna have to like carry an entire box of spiders up the hill tomorrow.

Girl: What?

Guy: Yeah, just like a hundred spiders in a box.

Guy 1: Sometimes ya just gotta give yourself a haircut.

Guy 2: Dude, you shaved half your head. That’s not a haircut, that’s a mess.

Girl 1: Can you eat fruit raw?

Girl 2: How else are you supposed to eat it?

Girl: That class is killing us. ​But they say rest is for the dead.

Guy: Well, at least we'll be rested.

Girl: She's not in class this semester

Guy: Maybe she's dead

Girl: Or studying abroad