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What if my pre-Thanksgiving COVID test is positive?

All U students in the state are strongly to encouraged to sign up for a free COVID-19 test ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. And students learning they have tested positive before the holiday season may experience a variety of emotions, especially since this means needing to quarantine and isolate to protect your loved ones. After-all the holidays have historically been a time to reconnect with family and friends in-person.

However, it is critical to abide by the public health guidelines and university directives to help slow the spread of COVID-19 among the U community and your loved ones. U students finding themselves in this position can stay connected and engaged during quarantine/isolation (Q/I) this holiday season with these ideas from Student Leadership & Involvement.

Answers to questions about the U’s COVID testing program can be found here.

Activities to Develop Your Leadership Skills while in quarantine/isolation

Make a plan for “Getting Involved!” Check out the complete list of clubs and organizations here and/or set up a Virtual Involvement Consultation with an Involvement Ambassador by emailing

Learn more about elections for the U’s student government organization, the Associated Students of the University of Utah Student (ASUU), here! Filing for the ASUU Presidency (President, Vice President of University Relations, and Vice President for Student Relations) closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11. Students can also file to run for the ASUU Attorney General position, which closes at 5 p.m. on January 29. Students preferring to represent their colleges may file for Assembly and Senate positions which also close at 5pm on January 29. Information on the filing process, campaigning, and all elected offices is available here.

Catch up on watching TED Talks based on Leadership! Explore your options here.

An important part of leadership is relationship building. Take this time to write an email to a leader you admire, thanking them for any positive impact they’ve had on you, and consider requesting an informational interview via Zoom.

Who are your representatives at the city, county, and state level? Take this time to learn more about them, and their leadership styles.

Student Leadership & Involvement has launched a Leadership Poetry Contest. Even if you’ve never written poetry before, now is your chance! Learn more here  and make the most of this time to produce something wonderful!

Go through your clothes, books, and household items and take this time to de-clutter, and prepare to donate items to those in need.

November is Native American Heritage Month

Utilize this time to research Native American leaders, authors, poets, and more to expand your perception of “leadership” and further reflect on and develop your own leadership skills. A book to consider starting with is The Night Watchman, learn more about this book and additional books about leadership here.

Books, games, movies, sports highlights and more!

Did U know the Marriott Library has an entire “Digital Library” just waiting to be explored? Pull up your laptop and explore over 330 digital collections, containing over 1 million digital photographs, maps, books, videos, audio recordings, and other items without even leaving your home.

Fun and wild ebooks, films, and online exhibits students can explore can be found here.

Did you also know that the Marriott Library will actually mail books, DVD’s, games, and such to students? Library materials sent to your doorstep: Use their catalog and request home delivery or pick-up at the level 1 lobby.

Prefer a physical book? Details on how to get a paperback book shipped to you can be found here.

The Book Arts Program, has created several tutorials for how to make simple books, such as a Star Book at home and in the classroom. While the intention of these clever videos was to provide curriculum content for K-12 teachers, the result is that everyone can use these for fun, easy ways to fill time! Learn more here.

The Marriott Library is giving out care packages to students on Nov 16 and 17 in front of the library’s west entrance. A few study supplies and a sugar cookie shaped like a book. See the event details here.

What better time to catch up on your favorite flicks than while at home. Review the Marriott Library resources here! Watching from off-campus? All you need to do is log in with your CIS, select a movie and enjoy!

Did you know you can watch U of U Football highlights from over the years? Click here to experience the library’s collection of highlights through years!

Attend a virtual event! Game Nights, Cooking Hours, Fitness Classes, and more! There are many things happening that you can engage with right from your home! Visit the Campus Connect Events Page to browse all the fun happenings.

Host a Zoom Get Together with friends! Whether you’re cooking a meal together virtually, baking cookies together virtually, or just hanging out and catching up virtually- there are many ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones during this time.

Pick up a new hobby! Learning a musical instrument, painting/sketching, completing a puzzle, learning to make bread, and more!