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Relationships During Quarantine 3 Different Pairs, 3 Different Stories

Seniors Lorenzo Gonzalez and Sophia Mariscal

Seniors Lorenzo Gonzalez and Sophia Mariscal have been officially dating for about two months as of December 2020. During quarantine they felt like their relationship was becoming more like a long distance one, but believe that facing these challenges represent why they are so compatible.

“Stronger because while we’re over the phone or away from each other, we interpret things more precisely, so we have a better understanding of each other now” Gonzalez said.

AHS Seniors Lorenzo Gonzalez and Sophia Mariscal have been going on dates ever since Junior year, but only began dating around September of 2020. However, they’ve known each other for about two and a half years, allowing them to build a strong foundation as friends before dating. They bonded through activities with their mutual friends and classes that they had with each other. Now, they are both forced to tackle the hardships of quarantine together, as a couple.

Getting to know and understand each other before quarantine helped create a stronger bond down the road. Despite not being able to see each other everyday, the challenges quarantine created for them resulted in a more positive outcome, as they aim to resolve any issues presented in front of them.

“When we get into fights and arguments and stuff, we explain ourselves more often than we usually do. That way we understand each other more than we did before” Gonzalez said.

To add on, Mariscal said, “We were kind of forced to communicate since we don’t see each other anymore, and it’s all over text. We had to learn to explain things to one another.”

Though quarantine has presented many hardships, the couple believes that it has made their relationship stronger as a whole. Not being able to see each other face to face has been hard, but it has forced them to communicate much more through their phones using texts and calls. They also go on occasional dates while being safe in order to spend some time with each other.

“The fact that we are able to stay together over quarantine shows that we can work well overall” said Mariscal.

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Senior Zackry Jugarap and Sophomore Jazmiene Jugarap

Senior Zackry Jugarap and Sophomore Jazmiene Jugarap have maintained a healthy brother and sister relationship throughout quarantine. Forming a stronger bond with each other during these unprecedented times, they wouldn’t change a single thing about their relationship.

“I think we have a pretty healthy relationship. It’s not overly close where we’re always in each other’s business and know everything about each other, but it’s not too distant where we don’t talk to each other about anything. I think it’s in a good middle ground” Zackry Jugarap said.

Zackry Jugarap, a Senior, and his little sister Jazmiene Jugarap, a Sophomore, both attend AHS currently. Growing up, they have almost always attended the same school and participated in the same things. Whether it would be doing karate, or attending events together, they have always maintained a tight-knit bond. However, even siblings have been affected by the quarantine due to COVID-19.

As the Jugarap's continue to grow and mature, they’ve been able to communicate about anything. Being comfortable with each other allows them to converse much easier. Whether they’d give each other advice, ask each other for their opinions, or stay up late at night, they have been finding ways to maintain their strong bond during quarantine.

“Talking about YouTube has been pretty fun. She watches a lot of people I used to watch before so I’d talk to her about that. We play board games sometimes with our family, if we go to like family events. Recently, I’ve thought about buying a uke, and we’re both going to learn it. Rearranging our room has been very interesting, and online shopping for Christmas presents has also been very fun” Zackry Jugarap said.

Though Zackry and Jazmiene both live in the same household, quarantine has still affected them. Being forced to be around each other, they have learned to deal with everything positive or negative with one another. Overall, they believe that quarantine has made their brother and sister relationship stronger than before.

“Being forced to be around each other and seeing each other at our worst and best really has an effect. I believe that quarantine has made our relationship stronger because of that” said Zackry.

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English teacher Justin Melville and Geology teacher Toshimi Fujikawa have known each other for four years, meeting each other for the first time at AHS. With their classrooms across the hall from one another throughout their time at AHS, their relationship this school year has ended up being the complete opposite.

“Before quarantine we were, and still are good friends, enemies, and coworkers. We would pop into each other's rooms and talk all the time about anything really” Melville said.

Melville is an English teacher mainly teaching those in the Trend academy and Fujikawa is a Geology teacher who teaches those in both Futures and Tech Links. They have been working together for four years now and have formed their own “teacher pact”. Melville feels like he is closest to Fujikawa because they communicate with one another a lot and have their rooms across from each other. They are one of the few science and english duos on campus as well.

Previously, Fujikawa and Melville’s relationship ranged from fun and meaningful to serious and down to earth conversations. They would talk about anything; from ranting about their day, to talking about their students. However, during quarantine they found themselves missing the random, nonsense filled talks. Now, their relationship feels strained because they miss seeing and talking to each other everyday.

“Not seeing each other in person has definitely impacted our conversations. Like we just don’t get into as deep of conversations, or even some of the chit-chat where we’re just talking about nothing at all. We don’t do that as much anymore because we just don’t talk as often or as long” Fujikawa said.

Though quarantine has impacted their relationship, they have still found ways to communicate through texts and phone calls. However, they both agree that their conversations are nothing like they were at school and both are looking forward to coming back when it’s safe. Melville and Fujikawa will always be and remain good friends/coworkers.

“We’re still maintaining a friendship regardless of the pandemic... when we get back to school together and we’re across the hall, we’ll pick up where we left off. It’s harder but we’re so close that it won’t change much” said Melville and Fujikawa.

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