Coronavirus has shown everybody that nothing in the world is permanently stable. Sometimes there are freak circumstances in which we must take desperate measures. As a student at The Weber School, I feel like my school has done an adequate job in responding to the pandemic. Though I miss my friends, I still understand that I must refrain from seeing them in order to “flatten the curve.” That’s what everyone wants right? Or is it?
Some people feel as though they are invincible so they don’t even consider following the restrictions put in place by our government. It is frustrating to me because every single time someone does not follow instructions, they are prolonging the disease. Right now, nothing feels right and I just want things to go back to normal. I miss seeing my friends and getting out of the house. Being cooped up in the house can have some detrimental effects besides the obvious loneliness.
Along with the disease, mental health has become an even more pressing topic. Sometimes all a person ever needs is to go outside and get some fresh air. However, during this time we are limited in what we can do. We can’t even participate in our favorite hobbies because they have disappeared as a result of this virus. My spring baseball season was cancelled which originally crushed me. Because I would stress so hard about school, baseball was an outlet for me. On the baseball field I didn’t have to worry about when my paper is due or when that test is. All I was thinking about was where I would go with the ball if it was hit to me. Now, all I can think about in my room is how colleges are going to view my grades. Off the field, baseball helped me a lot as well. As someone who was very unorganized, baseball gave me some structure. My lifestyle changed because of this game and I have never been healthier. Hopefully we can control this disease so I can get out there for my senior year.
Most other hobbies have been shut down as well. This is a huge deal because people have been using these hobbies to calm down. By staying in the house all day, we are being deprived of sunlight. It has been proven through psychological research that the sun can facilitate our overall mood and make us happier. My message to everyone going through this is to go on frequent walks in their neighborhood (maintain social distancing of course) or sit outside if you aren’t into exercise. These are easy ways to help us battle this virus.
From the perspective of a Junior in High School, this virus could not have come at a worse time. With standardized testing being cancelled, we can no longer showcase our mental capabilities and have to rely totally on just our GPA and transcript. It’s not a nightmare, but I am sure a lot of people could have used their scores to help get them into the right college. Also, college visits have been cancelled so Juniors and Seniors are unsure which campus is the right fit for them. We have virtual tours which have been very useful but it isn’t the same. I’ve heard from others that when you visit colleges, you’ll know when you are in the right place based on “that feeling.” I was really looking forward to that but it seems like I am going to have to guess which college is the best for me which only adds to my anxiety.
On top of all of this, we are still given roughly the same amount of work that we had prior to virtual school. Some of the work is necessary and I get that but a lot of it is just busy work to waste the time. Doing work at home is easy and all but a classroom setting benefits me greatly. At home, I have every opportunity in the world to procrastinate but at school, I actually roll up my sleeves and do the dirty work. I have adapted to this online learning pretty well and it seems to be easier as time goes on. Weber Sophomore Molly Fisher states that “it has definitely been easier to adapt to this situation than I expected…it is not ideal, but it works.” This was perfectly stated and I couldn’t agree more.
Things could definitely be worse. Fisher goes on to say that “seeing my friends on video is fun.” By interacting with our friends, we are making the most out of this and are doing the best we can. I know Weber is taking the right precautions and is handling the virus to the best of their ability.
As for the seniors, this was a very unique way to end their high school careers. The majority of seniors I have talked to have been very depressed over this situation but some of them are finding some light. Weber Senior Mallory Tessler expressed that her senioritis has surprisingly improved over the course of this break. She really enjoys that “[she] does not have to get out of bed for class.” This is a great mindset to have during these tough times. I am sure that most seniors would have liked to have a traditional last year but unfortunately that is not feasible. Luckily, there is college to look forward to.