🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19
School may not be in session but our blogs still are! Even though our school work won’t be affected during summer, there are still many other aspects of our lives that have had to change due to the virus...
This is great insight for teachers to stay updated with relatable stories that a lot of students are experiencing, students won’t feel as lonely, and parents will get a kick out of reading our perspective on life at home. If you want to stay updated with more stories about students, check us out every other week throughout the summer!
For me, the last few weeks of school were filled with a desperate attempt to catch up on lost time. During the last few weeks of school, many of my teachers realized that they had been focused on the seniors for much of quarantine, so they began an influx of assignments to try to make up for lost time. The most difficult part of the last few weeks of school for me was in trying to dig myself out of a hole of my own creation. For the last month or so of online schooling I had fallen behind in several subjects, so I was left desperately trying to catch up in the last few weeks. Even after the last day of summer, I worked through the weekend and into the start of the next week in order to finish all of my assignments that I needed to be graded. And even now, I have things to do that I am not hoping to be counted as a grade. The normal timelines for the year have been completely changed, and it has never been as obvious as the last few weeks as teachers must confront all of the things that we didn’t get to. When we started this online learning endeavor it was assumed that things we were missing wouldn’t matter, but the whole point of learning is to build upon it each year. Without some of the foundations that we missed this year, we will have much more learning to do next year than has ever been expected of us. Plus, it is becoming apparent that coronavirus could be with us throughout much of next year. We could be looking at as much as a whole year of online learning. It will be nice to be able to sleep in as we transition into summer, but without being able to see friends and freely go places it just won’t really feel like summer. It is encouraging to see social distancing guidelines lifting, but it seems too soon after all of the fear we had just weeks ago. Now, I fear a second wave as people begin to go out again. I urge everyone to maintain vigilance in social distancing so that maybe we can have at least part of a normal summer. I think if we maintain hope for the future, it will be much easier to find the light in these dark, uncertain times.
Being a Senior was not what I expected it to be this year. The second semester of senior year is supposed to be full of fun and excitement. Instead, I received chaos and uncertainty!! I will admit that I was disappointed and upset about the whole situation. What I expected of my senior year was stolen right from under me and there was absolutely NOTHING I could do about it, I felt as if all the hard work I had put in was in vain. With that being said, the first few weeks of quarantine were rough for me to say the least. I will say that it became a lot better after Dr. Johnson, the Hamilton County Superintendent, sent an email with alternate dates regarding graduation dates. With that, this uncertain process became a little more certain. For the class of 2020 and the upcoming seniors, my advice is that you just go with the flow. There is nothing that you can do but flow with the process. Keep a positive mindset and be sure that everything that you do is productive.