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Global Connections Creative Challenge

If you're looking for a break from assignments, light boredom relief, or a way to keep yourself/ your family occupied during self-isolation, you're in the right place!

During lockdown, we posted a series of challenges which can be attempted virtually. Please do share your creations for others to marvel at too!

The below challenges have been adapted to support students in self-isolation.

You can attempt as many or as few as you like - please do share your creations with us, either in the Global Connections Community, or below!

Challenge 1:

"Necessity is the mother of invention"

During self-isolation, we've heard a few people mention that their hands are tired from holding up their phones/ tablets from too much videoconferencing - so the challenge is to make something useful (e.g. a phone or tablet holder) from materials which you would otherwise throw away (think of empty cereal boxes, loo roll holder, etc.).

If you can't think of anything useful which you need, why not make a child's toy out of your rubbish - and make it look as good as possible too! After self-isolation, you might think it good enough to give away as a gift or donation to a children's charity!

Group challenge:

Arrange your own virtual event

Invite other members of the Global Connections Community in Microsoft Teams to join you for a virtual gathering which you have arranged. This could be anything you like: a Saturday brunch; an invitation to watch something together one evening; a silent disco or a midnight feast! It is entirely up to you! Tag the community in Teams before the event so they know when it is happening, and invite them to join you!

Challenge 2:

Campus models
This challenge is to create a model of something (or somewhere!) on campus; using only items found around your room or your home! So if you have a favourite sculpture, work of art, or place on campus - let's see your ode to it!

If you're a new student, pick a place you're excited to see on campus!

Challenge 3:

Share a kindness
In these times, it is particularly important to look out for each other; so this challenge is to do something (anything) to help someone in the community around you.

Taking part in this challenge could be as simple as phoning a neighbour; checking in on a friend; ordering food for someone else in isolation; or (virtually) volunteering in some other way. Warwick Volunteers may have some ideas to get you started.

Please do share your pictures or stories with us on social media or the form below.

Challenge 4:

Cooking creations
We've all had to get a bit inventive during lockdown and self-isolation; and many of us have tried a few kitchen experiments - with varying degrees of success!

This time we'd like you to share photos, recipes or videos from the comfort food recipes which you've made using your store cupboard ingredients - or perhaps you created a new dish using what you had in the fridge? We'd love to see your creations!

Remember to share a short description so that we know what we're seeing!

Challenge 5:

Celebrating Cultural Diversity
At Warwick, we're proud of our cultural diversity.

Share a photo, video or sketch to celebrate your culture, or simply some words to help us understand your culture better.
Whether it's a self-portrait showing your various cultural identities (e.g. academic discipline; gender; nationality; faith; ethnicity; family roles) or a quick message to dispel popular myths, the important thing is to celebrate our diversity and help us to understand each other better!

Challenge 6:

Creative writing
A number of us have taken to creative writing as a way to mentally travel across time and space.
Flex your imagination and share a short story or comic strip on the subject of unexpected plot twists.

Its fine if they’re rooted in real life; but the more fantastical the better!

Challenge 7:

Motivational messages
We’d like you to write, sketch or sing affirmative or motivational messages – to remind yourself and others of each of our inner strengths.

It’s not boasting, it’s about helping each other – so let’s get sharing!

Challenge 8:

New experiences

A lot of people have had the idea to break up their boredom by taking up new hobbies or trying different experiences - and that's what this challenge is - to try something new. This could be a new hobby, a virtual trip to the theatre, cooking a new cuisine, or even engaging with something in a different language. Let us know how it goes by sharing your photos, videos, a drawing or a journal entry :)

Group Challenge:

Share your tips and advice for others

We'd love to hear your best tips and advice for what helped you through self-isolation - you never know, what you've learned may benefit others after you!

Challenge 9:

Art attack

Create an artwork out of materials which you found lying in your room. Bonus points if you can recreate a masterpiece!

Challenge 10:


Let us know how you’ll be celebrating the end of self-isolation.
Make a list (or sketch) of all the things you're going to do and share them with us!

Remember to submit your entries to us via Instagram@universityofwarwick or using the form below!
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