UVM BORED 101: What To Do When You Miss The Homies

Nobody said social distancing would be easy – but as we settle in to our new (temporary) normal and try to find a routine, missing your peeps can be real.  After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

It’s 2020 though – so let’s bust some myths and forge our friendships in fire with a bunch of amazing digital tools meant to connect us even when we’re apart.  Here are 6 cool things we’ve found to help you build an epic digital hang-out session.


#1: Play Card Games

No need to cancel your game night, invite your best mates to play your favorite card games like Cards Against Humanities with PlayingCards.io. This website lets you create a gaming room and invite friends to join in on the fun.  Play for some ‘Go Fish’ bragging rights or become the digital UVM Poker Champ.  You can do it. We can see it in the cards.


#2: Netflix Watch Party 

Watch parties do not need to stop thanks to Netflix Party! This chrome extension lets you sync your netflix shows with the folks in your ‘party’, so you can watch all your favorites with your friends right through your browser! Silver Lining? The best kind of party is the one with no after-party clean up!


#3: Jackbox Games

Jackbox Games have become the new wave of gaming during social distancing. With different categories of games, you can battle your friends with rapping robots, compete in making new inventions and so much more. You can even live stream on Zoom or Google Hangouts so everyone can participate (Jackbox has a write-up to show you how).

Don’t want to set-up your own game, but still want to play? We got you covered – every Thursday at 7pm we’ve been playing jackbox games as a part of ‘BORED Game Night’. Check our calendar events or follow us on Instagram for the deets on how to participate.  The UVM Gaming Guild is also hosting a number of gaming nights throughout the week.


#4: Dance Parties 

Dance like nobody’s watching – even if everybody is! Dance parties do not have to stop. You can create a dance party for whatever ways work best for you – from turning on your favorite tunes and video chatting your homies to turning on Instagram live and letting other peeps join. If you want to try one out before you create your own, head over to Ryan Heffington’s insta, where he does tons of free live dance classes that you can get groovy too.


#5: Visit a Museum

Yes, sadly many of the museums that we adore so much are closed – but that did not stop many of them from bringing the world’s treasures directly to your homes with virtual exhibits. Grab your squad and screen share some virtual exhibits from MoMaTate Britain, or the Musée d’Orsay.  We’ve even heard rumors that our pals over at Davis Center Art might be working on some digital galleries of their own.  Time will tell!


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#6: Squad Up with a Video Game

I know, I know – the last thing you want to do after looking at a screen all day is to look at another screen; but video games are good for the heart and mind! They help boost your memory, your spacial awareness, your problem-solving skills, and yes…even your social skills! If you’re looking for folks to play with, we’ve started a UVM gaming directory for folks looking to connect online – you could even add your name by filling out our Gamer Form (log into both using your UVM email).