🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19
Earlier this semester, we wrote a blog outlining our goals for the semester. Now, we’re revisiting our progress on the goals we set and reflecting on our growth this past semester. We’re also reflecting...
on the past year and a half that we’ve had with the QuaranTEEN blog as we write our final QuaranTEEN blog.
Sophie: When we first set these goals at the beginning of the second semester, I had no idea how my senior year would end. Of course, I had goals that I was striving to achieve, but my senioritis was eating me up, and it was challenging to focus on school work and take care of my other responsibilities. In the previous blog, I mentioned that I hoped to “make no less than a 95 this semester” and “to have both Civics Club and Principal Advisory Council carry on after I leave.” Many scholarships and college programs require a final transcript and base student eligibility off of their most previous grades. I was striving for high A’s to feel more confident when applying for scholarships during the summer. My lowest semester grade at the end of my school year was a 96! I was over the moon when I got my final report card; I felt like I could finally breathe.
I also mentioned that I wanted my clubs to continue after I left. During my high school career, I established Red Bank’s first Civic’s Club and its first Principal Advisory Council. As a high schooler with a passion for student voice and civic engagement, creating those clubs was a labor of love to ensure other students had the same opportunities I was allotted during my educational experience. I wanted to ensure that those programs would carry on after I left, and sure enough, I found a new Civics Club president to take my place as well as a new Principal Advisory Council coordinator. Both students will help organize club events, coordinate meetings, and facilitate activities throughout the school year. In short, both of the goals I set out to achieve were accomplished by the end of the semester, and I couldn’t be happier.
Saheli: Taking more pictures has been an off-and-on type of experience. I’m either taking a whole bunch of photos because it’s been that kind of day, or I’m taking none because I do nothing. I find that it’s essential to take pictures of everything for memories. It’s also important not to get caught up in taking pictures and take in the moment itself. Enjoy the little moments.
I’ve taken the ACT a total of one time. I reached my goal in the first test: to take it, get at least a 21, and find my weaknesses. I’m planning on retaking it this summer to increase my score. Since the colleges I’m considering attending don't require an ACT score, the score is basically my asset for scholarships.
Carson: The first goal that I set for myself was to ensure that I maintained my grades and didn’t let my GPA drop. A goal which I was, at times barely, successful in accomplishing. I successfully graduated from high school with a 4.0 unweighted GPA and did not ruin that number in the last semester as I was so afraid of happening from horror stories I had heard from other people. I did learn that even if this had happened, it would not have been the disaster I was afraid of. I was already admitted to college and had plenty of other grades on my transcript to boost if I did get a grade or two that weren’t A’s in the last semester. Usually, I don’t struggle that much with my grades. However, between the pandemic and hitting a wall of burnout coupled with senioritis, it was rather difficult to stay focused on schoolwork and to devote as much energy to it as I had in years past. The other two goals that I set are far more abstract, and I don’t know if I can as confidently call myself successful in meeting those goals. The second goal was to pass on my leadership knowledge in the extracurriculars that I participate in. I believe that I have done what I needed to in this area throughout the past semester. However, I am still taking steps to make sure I’m available for questions from incoming leaders in those extracurriculars both now and in the fall. My final goal was to make more memories in my last few months of high school. This was by far the most challenging goal that I set to make progress on. I definitely made many memories in the last few months of high school with being able to finally return to in-person activities and school. However, I still want to keep working on this goal over the summer and as I go into college in the fall. Overall, I’m glad that I set these goals and thought through what I wanted to get out of this year, and I believe that I did a good job of meeting these goals, even if I will keep working on some of them in the months to come. While I’m going to miss high school very much, I can’t wait to see what will await me next in college. I know that this big of a transition will require a lot of goal setting to make sure I’m getting out of my comfort zone, but more on that transition in a future blog.
Goodbye QuaranTEEN: As we conclude our final QuaranTEEN blog, we wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of our readers who have followed along with our blog throughout the past year and a half during the pandemic. It has been a crazy ride, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to process the events of the pandemic through this blog. We started this blog to create a community of students online united by the challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. However, we ended up getting a platform to speak out on all aspects of the student experience within Hamilton County Schools and a space to voice our concerns and thoughts with current and life events. This isn’t goodbye from the Student Voice Team in this blog; it’s just a see you later! We will soon be launching our new blog series, “Finding Our Student Voice”, coming soon. In this new blog series, we will continue the reflections that we’ve all come to love within the QuaranTEEN blog series. We will also outline the process of finding new issues and identifying where we as students fit into the broader world around us. We hope you will join us for this new blog and keep reading to see us all find our student voice.