Everyone needs to take a break now and then!
Close your textbooks for a few minutes, unclench your jaw, relax your shoulders, and enjoy some of the resources we put together for you to take a break from your school work.
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MCC Voices Soundcloud - The McHenry County College's literary arts magazine Voices has a soundcloud. Listen to some new music and support other students.
Serial - Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story — a true story — over the course of a season.
Selected Shorts - Actors read short fiction
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Sketchbook Skool - Coronavirus Creativity Guide: Relieve stress and connect with free resources
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Vsauce - Did you ever ponder questions like "Is cereal soup?", "Did the past really happen?", and "Will we run out of names?", if so, Vsauce has an entertaining answer via video.
School of Life - The School of Life is "dedicated to exploring the great questions of emotional and psychological life." Videos include categories for self, relationships, work, philosophy, great ideas, comedy, and more. Some examples of videos include "How to Panic a Little Less", "How to Find Fulfilling Work" , and "What if We Never Find True Love?".
550 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing - From the New York Times. Click on a question to read an essay and then be inspired to write your own. A great way to learn about yourself.
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San Diego Zoo - Choose from 13 different live animal cams!
Toys, Music, and Competitions
Jelle's Marble Runs YouTube Channel - Watch competitions!
Scott's Marble Runs - Two brothers trying to build the biggest and most epic marble runs.
DoodleChaos - "Synchronizing things to music and crazy contraptions."
5MadMovieMakers - Watch movies made with toys.
Movies and Documentaries
Kanopy - Stream movies, documentaries, and educational videos using your myMCC username and password.
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Guided Meditation (20 minutes)
Self Care and Mental Health (includes a list of distraction activities)
Keep a Journal - Tips to get started
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eRead Illinois- Check out popular e-books with your MCC library card.
Don't have a card? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and library staff can help.
Flipster - View and read entire issues of current, popular magazines electronically with your myMCC username and password.
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"Visit" some national parks, then download your virtual passport cancellations!
Museums Around the World
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Louvre - Famous art museum in Paris. Home of the Mona Lisa.
Google Arts and Culture - Partnered with 2500 museums and galleries to offer virtual tours. Definitely something for every aesthetic.
Beautiful Vacation Spots
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Hawaii - Island hop with Google Earth
Australia - Visit the Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough
Hundreds of More Tours Around the World - Pick a country and a tourist attraction. See Tulip Fields, the Taj Majal, Mt. Fuji, the Great Wall of China and many more.