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Students reflect on in-person learning

“It’s definitely an adjustment to be back on campus and around so many people after so long. It’s nice and there’s definitely some normalcy to it all, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. It is a bit uncomfortable to wear a mask all day, and since I’ve been double masking, my ears get really tired. Overall though, I’ve felt pretty COVID safe.”

— Phoebe Berghout, junior

“It’s nice to meet teachers in-person, and for some, their teaching styles are definitely different now that they have some students in-person. I am more motivated to get work done with the differentiation between my workspace and living space. There are more opportunities to socialize throughout the day.”

— Phoebe Berghout, junior

"I am a little bit more energized at the same time because being around people is really helpful for my mood. I love being able to just walk between classes and clear my head, get a breath of fresh air, stretch my legs, while at home I’d just be sitting at my desk for an extra ten minutes.”

— Gabi Winer, junior

“Lunch and passing have been the most normal aspect of coming back to school because you see people—despite the masks and social distancing—playing spikeball and eating lunch together.”

— Gabi Winer, junior

“It feels different. There’s more of a sense of formality. It keeps you sharper, and it keeps you attentive. But there are also the usual distractions of being in an actual class like ‘Oh, is my outfit okay?' Over Zoom, you’re always wearing pajamas, so it doesn’t really matter.”

— Henry Oliveira, junior

"Lunch is a little weird because I don’t really know who is going and who isn’t. It’s kind of hard to make plans with people since pretty much all my friends are in another group. It’s kind of cool seeing people’s heights. I always expect someone to be a certain height on Zoom, but it’s they’re either going to be a lot taller or a lot shorter."

— Henry Oliveira, junior