🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19
It has been well over a year since we, as a nation, went into quarantine for the coronavirus pandemic. This also means that it has been nearly a year since we started our “Life as a QuaranTEEN” blog...
series. Today, we are taking time to reflect on what the past year in quarantine has been like and how we have changed since we started writing our QuaranTEEN blogs.
Carson’s Perspective: A year of living in quarantine has definitely changed me a lot. From not going to school in person since March 13th, 2020, to not seeing my friends as often, as usual, it has definitely been a strange year. But more so than being in quarantine itself, I think that writing the QuaranTEEN blogs over this past year has changed me for the better, more so than quarantine. Quarantine has been helpful to have time to focus on me and start to understand more things about myself before college, like my time management skills and my ability to self-regulate. Having a mode to reflect on my experiences and unpack some of the year’s events has genuinely been influential in my development during Quarantine. Through our QuaranTEEN blogs, we have unpacked and analyzed events and our feelings for changes to school for COVID-19, the social justice movements of summer 2020, and our own wellbeing throughout the pandemic. Having a place to process the events of this year and to be able to talk about what has happened, how it has made me feel without fear of judgment or being off-topic has been truly amazing. While many teachers have offered us some space to process things, it has always been limited to get back to learning ahead of our exams.
Additionally, in most public situations, it has been considered rude to mention that you are struggling mentally or in any way really because it’s seen as depressing or pessimistic. It’s strange that virtual blog writing is still the best place to voice your internal struggles with current events, even in a ’woke’ modern world. I’m so thankful to UnifiEd for giving us this platform and to all of you for reading what we have had to say throughout the pandemic about our Life as a QuaranTEEN. Although the QuaranTEEN blogs may soon come to an end as the pandemic begins to fade, the impact of these blogs will stay with me forever.
Sophie’s Perspective: A year in quarantine has felt like a decade with how 2020 went. From the unexpected deaths of celebrities to the marches that ensued amid the prevalent police brutality in our country, it has been a historic year. Throw in a pandemic, and it seems like you’ve got a movie on your hands. The unfortunate plot twist of it all is that this is a harsh reality that today’s teens are learning to cope with. The hope for our blog was to uplift the struggles and triumphs of student life amid COVID-19. While we didn’t expect the year to take so many unexpected turns, we made every blog an opportunity to shine a light on each situation’s student perspective. Looking back, I never expected the pandemic to last as long as it has, and I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that last March, I just thought I had an extended spring break. Regardless, our hope for this blog was to raise awareness about the issues students face during this time, and this platform was the most opportune way to do it.
Conclusion: While we are grateful to be celebrating a year of consistent student voice, it’s disappointing to experience it in such unprecedented circumstances. With that being said, we are looking into a more promising direction. In the coming weeks and months, we will be shifting into a new Student Voice Blog entitled “Finding Our Student Voice.” We will still share student perspectives, but the blog will broaden the perspective of student stories beyond the guise of the Coronavirus. As we embark on this new blog, we want you to embrace this with open arms and open minds. Stay tuned to see what new stories we have to tell!