10 things students do during load shedding

By Shannon Wilson

Warwick Hattingh says:

  1. He rearranges the digs he lives in.

The lounge was the first place to be moved around without the consent of his digsmates. The relocations were well received, so no harm was done. However, it is a way to pass the two and half hours of no electricity – no television, internet or lights. During the next blackout he is hoping to get around to changing the placement of the furniture in his own room.

I say:

  1. You know when the power is going off. Be prepared.

The load shedding is usually scheduled so before the lights and all the plug points cease to work I download at least three episodes of a series I like. I boil the kettle repeatedly so that I can have at least one cup of coffee. If I am feeling particularly hungry or energetic I will make some popcorn to enjoy while I watch my series in the dark. I should really download readings so that I can work but I reason with myself that you need the Internet WHILE writing the essay or doing an article. So series it is.

Aiden Van Huyssteen says:

  1. PG related… um [laughs] I don’t know. I’ll go stargazing with Ballance.

Awkward, but I’m sure there are other ‘inventive’ things that can be done during load shedding – which we will not be exploring. But the stargazing plan isn’t a bad idea. Getting a couple of people together and going up to Monument, ideally with a cup of coffee and some blankets, to watch the stars in the sky. Quite cliché but it could be fun.

Dylan Ballance says:

  1. Go Stargazing or Complain

Ballance got in touch with his romantic side and suggested that if the power happened to go off during the night you could go and look up at the stars,until he quickly realized that this was rather “cringe”. So he came up with the better and more practical pastime of sitting and complaining about there being no power.

Kate Sedgewick says:

  1. Find someone with power

Instead of trying to find things to do with no power, Sedgewick becomes the ultimate problem solver: she finds somewhere in Grahamstown with power. Then you can do all the things you would when the power is on. Complication resolved.

Matthew Zondagh says:

  1. Banter with the Buggers

Zondagh enjoys a good long chat with his digs mates in their lounge, preferably with a beer at hand and some music playing off a laptop. These chats usually last till long after the power comes back on; and the topics can range from ‘would you rather’ questions to wetting the bed at boarding school – no names shall be mentioned.

Kieran O’Flaherty says:

  1. Play indoor cricket or, if it’s at night, light a fire and have a picnic

Getting involved in a good game of indoor cricket – a game which consists of a chair for the wickets, a tennis ball, a broken hockey stick and a minimum of two players – this isn’t a bad plan when the power goes off for a couple of hours. It requires absolutely nothing electronic. This is his solution for when the power goes off during the day. When you are left in darkness at night O’Flaherty has other propositions. He likes to light a fire and enjoy the warmth of it on these cold nights in Grahamstown with his girlfriend and some food. It seems having no electricity brings out the corny side of some students.

Sarah Knight says:

  1. Go to the Dining Hall or find something to do to occupy myself.

The Dining Hall always has power so heading there for some light and power to charge your phone or have a cup of coffee is definitely a plan. Whether the power goes off at night or during the day the Dining Hall is a sure place to take refuge.

Charmaine Cross says:

  1. I go to Revelations to have dinner or read a whole novel.

Revelations for dinner is another perfect way to spend the hours of darkness. Cross did this and enjoyed a Portuguese steak roll. She deemed it to be an excellent life choice and she was happy that the power going off allowed for this delightful occasion to occur. However, if you’re feeling a little broke as it’s the end of the month, or the beginning, don’t fear – she has a solution. Read a novel. Not just some of it, all of it. Cross finished her book in just two and a half hours by candlelight.

Emma Chapman says:

  1. Light candles and sit and watch Friends off a laptop and eat peanut butter.

Chapman’s idea of watching Friends reruns is ideal. Unless of course you have work to do, in which case it is probably not the BEST use of your time. However, it is a good way to spend your load shedding hours. With a jar of peanut butter and a few friends (see what I did there?) you’re set, at least until the power comes on. Then you really have no excuses not to spend your time wisely doing your essays.

Chapman’s idea of watching Friends reruns is ideal. Unless of course you have work to do, in which case it is probably not the BEST use of your time. However, it is a good way to spend your load shedding hours. With a jar of peanut butter and a few friends (see what I did there?) you’re set, at least until the power comes on. Then you really have no excuses not to spend your time wisely doing your essays.

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