Story: What are your experiences teaching & learning in the time of coronavirus?
Thinking I’d go back to school in two weeks following my spring break was much more far-fetched than I had thought. The image of not seeing the campus one more time before I graduate, or not being able to see my classmates one final time had never once crossed my mind. I lived out that spring break like it was a movie, stayed out late, went to parties, went to the beach; basically, I did whatever I wanted freely. Life was spectacular up until the second to last day of spring break, when I had received the news that we would stay online until further notice due to coronavirus. I was bummed but I felt hopeful that we would go back eventually. Once again, I was wrong. About three weeks into online learning, I received bad news. This time it was the heartbreaking news, confirming that I would stay online for the remainder of the year. These words pierced me in an indescribable way, it was ripping me into so many pieces, probably more than others think. Yet, I controlled this feeling and acted as if I were accepting, but the truth is that it was one of the most painful experiences of my life, both mentally and physically. It was extremely tough to finish out that year, spending hours in front of a computer screen each day with absolutely no motivation at all. I wondered what it was like to be a true second-semester senior, to live without care, without the thought of how I did in my classes because I was too busy having fun. I was fulfilling one of those things, but it was not the “having fun” aspect. I am 18 years old, and I have spent the last 13 of those years attending this particular school, so you could probably see why it was so hard. The closure slowly but surely faded away, but there are times where I dreamt about “if the pandemic never existed” and “how would my life have been?” Life is continuing to move on, and so shall I. This past summer, I spent all of my time going to the beach and spending time with my family. I would say that although the circumstances aren’t what I had hoped for, it provided me with well-needed family time. I am able to say that with all of the negative and gloomy conditions that are circulating around me, I was able to find a little good in all of this. I am so thankful.
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