🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19 and the Associated School Closure
I’ve always been heavily involved in extracurricular activities and have increased my involvement each year. This year was no exception and I was excited to serve as the State Sergeant-At-Arms for the Tennessee...
Technology Student Association (TSA). TSA is a STEM based competition organization for middle and high school students. We were supposed to have our State Leadership Conference where students would compete to move on to the national competition the first week of April; however, both the state and national conferences were cancelled due to COVID-19. Myself, our officer team, and countless TSA members were devastated following the cancellations. We’ve worked all year to prepare for our conference and our competitions, just for them to get cancelled abruptly.
TSA isn’t the only extracurricular to see these cancellations. Sports have been cancelled; proms, delayed; graduations, postponed. The way our school year looks is totally changing. Many organizations in our school that were planning a fundraiser are now left wondering how they will carry on next year. Clubs with requirements for graduation cords have been forced to change their requirements. Students have chimed in with things that they are missing too. Here’ some of what they said:
“I am going to miss prom the most because I am a junior and I was looking forward to it this entire school year.” -Amelia, Signal Mountain MS/HS
“The second semester of my freshman college year . Getting to move out of my dorm in May and being able to be in classes on campus and grow as an adult.” -Anna, Middle Tennessee State University
“Track season, the team is really great and we missed every meet but one this year.” -Eli, Signal Mountain MS/HS
“My graduation was cancelled!! Working from home is tough. Online classes are harder. My birthday was cancelled. I miss being able to go out with my friends and do stuff.. being in the house 24/7 can be tough mentally.” -Katherine, Chattanooga State
“Nothing really that I miss more than being able to eat out with my best friend. We’ve only got each other and not being able to see each other in person is heartbreaking.” -Kosha, Red Bank HS
“I'm going to miss the TSA state conference because I worked hard with a group of people I did not know to create a product that I was excited about presenting and working on.” -Riley, Signal Mountain MS/HS
“There’s no major event I missed. I just miss seeing my friends.” -Traci, Hixson HS
Other community members have expressed that they are going to miss community events like running events, sports events, and festivals. So many things are still up in the air and students are left with their mental health and their confidence in their education at an all time low.
Classes are difficult online. Between teachers who are learning to use technology, inconsistent communication, and unbalanced work loads, students are facing more challenges than ever. To make it all worse, students are left missing their friends and their normal lives. I’ve complained to my best friend almost daily about how much I miss my friends, miss going shopping with them, and miss being able to eat out at restaurants and coffee shops. It has been a month in quarantine and I’m missing life before quarantine intensely. I’ve been faced with a lack of motivation lately as it seems there is no purpose for doing school work.I enjoy school, but it has been hard to stay motivated to do thingswhen there are no consequences for doing work late.
During quarantine it has been hard to find the right way to express how I feel during this tough time. Everything is changing and most of the ways that we are feeling are new and unprecedented. One way my fellow students have taken to expressing ourselves is through the use of emojis. From describing our favorite activities, to our moods, to our reaction to current events emojis have been really helpful to be able to easily convey things virtually when we can’t find the words. The emojis that I would use to describe my quarantine daily process so far are 😴🍴🔄. Here’s what other students have said: