Q: How has your own experience been with distance learning? What do you miss about being in school?
A: Distance learning has definitely had its challenges. I am very fortunate to have access to the supplies/technology needed, but it has been hard finding the motivation to learn on my own, both because distance learning means a lack of interaction from teachers but also because I am a second semester senior, so my "senioritis" has really slowed me down. That being said, I have been putting in effort into many of my classes to keep myself busy and stimulated during this time, so though it may not be the way I imagined my year going, I am still learning quite a bit about subjects that interest me! The thing I miss the most about being in school is the interactions I had with others. For me, the most enjoyable aspects of school were the little things - saying hi to peers during the passing period, talking with my teachers before school, or even just quietly working with a partner during class. I know that I will soon enough get to have these interactions in college, but I will miss getting to do that in high school.
Q: What are some high and lows you’ve experienced with the shelter in place? What is some advice you have for other students your age that might be struggling during this time?
A: Just like many others during shelter-in-place, the biggest area in which I have had my highs and lows fluctuate the most is with my mental health. It has been difficult to come to terms with the “new normal” and I have experienced moments of feeling defeated or losing motivation easily more often than not. I know that I am not the only one who has felt that way, especially because for teens my age, we all faced an abrupt end to our year (for many, our senior year of high school) and didn’t have time to process an end to school like usual.
My biggest advice that I can give to anyone feeling down is simple: Take one day at a time. I know that for me before shelter in place, it was easy to lose track of time and group weeks/months into one because of how fast-paced life is. Now that we are all sheltering in place, we are forced to come to terms with our feelings and emotions and it can be difficult to do so. If you take one day at a time, it will not only feel like quarantine is going faster but also it gives you the opportunity to celebrate the little wins. You don’t need to accomplish something every single day! We are in a pandemic and life can get even more stressful than before, just remember that waking up, getting coffee, and spending the day with yourself is equally as wonderful as anything else!
If you take one day at a time, it will not only feel like quarantine is going faster but also it gives you the opportunity to celebrate the little wins. You don’t need to accomplish something every single day! We are in a pandemic and life can get even more stressful than before, just remember that waking up, getting coffee, and spending the day with yourself is equally as wonderful as anything else!
Q: What will be the first thing you do once the shelter in place is over?
A: The first thing I am going to do once shelter in place is over is invite a few friends over and host a mini-graduation to make up for our canceled one. I am so excited to get to walk the lawn and receive my diploma with some of my best friends and then watch a Disney movie to celebrate our way of closing this chapter of our life together.
Granting Wishes For Joy And Learning To Those In Need