Being a Freshman during a Pandemic: by Tia Torres

This year is nothing like what I expected. The ideal freshman experience would include dances, football games, parties, and making new friends. If school started off normally, I would have shopped for new clothes, shoes, and supplies. The night before the first day I would have been sleepless with stress about getting lost. I remember last year when our teachers were certain we would be back to a regular school day by this time. Obviously, that’s not the case. 

I haven’t been able to meet teachers, learn the fastest way to class, or find a lunch table to sit at. The first day of remote learning was confusing and hard. We completed “All About Me” Google Forms instead of in-class activities. Everyone introduced themselves through a screen. It’s all so different. When we first switched to remote learning, I struggled a lot with doing classwork and staying on track because there are so many distractions at home. I have improved greatly since then, though. Some of my friends have had the same experience, but others have done worse while learning remotely. 

When the school year goes hybrid I will be staying remote. This makes more sense for me because things will stay consistent. I have winter and spring allergies and would be in the nurse’s office getting sent home, causing me to have to quarantine and/or get tested. I personally believe we should not be going back until after Christmas due to many other schools closing and case numbers increasing. As of right now, the date keeps getting pushed back until there are fourteen consecutive days with below five cases in the community. I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Quarantine has impacted me in so many ways. I had never really gone out much before COVID-19. Being locked down made me wish I had a more social life before and went out when I was asked. I was used to a certain schedule and for that to change so abruptly was difficult. It was also very hard for me not to see the people I was around every day. It made me realize who was truly my friend, though, and would reach out first.

Hopefully, we can get back to school before next year safely.

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