By Brooklyn Schultz
Students, like myself, are facing the same threat all around the globe: the Coronavirus pandemic, otherwise known as COVID-19.
For seniors, it is their last year at high school. For me, this pandemic is something that will change my school forever. Uncertain times are calling for uncertain measures all around the area as schools have changed the way they are teaching.
First, I would like to say that I have been thinking about my teachers lately and how tough this must be for them. I know that they have had lesson plans laid out and I also recognize that those plans have changed due to the Coronavirus. They have all had to make new lesson plans for this semester. I appreciate the hard work they have put in to make the transition from public school to quarantine school as seamless as possible. Many of my teachers are making interactive lessons to get us students moving during our quarantines. One of my teachers asked me to look outside and write about something I saw. Many others are asking their students to send in videos answering a question or respond to a topic given. I believe the teachers know it is very hard to get up and ready in the morning if there is nothing to look forward to. These videos prompt us to look our best for the camera.
My family doesn’t know what this will mean for the academic competitiveness in our household. I share a grade with all of my siblings because I am a triplet and I also have a brother 8-months. We are very competitive about most things, especially our grades.All of us want to be Valedictorian, but only one will get the title. Now that our school has gone to a pass-fail grade system until the end of the year, we don’t know what that will mean for our overall grade. It is an amazing achievement when you get a percent or two above your sibling on tests, but now that is all taken away. We can’t see our grades, and it has caused us to be less competitive. We live together all the time now and there isn’t any room for competition in our day to day lives unless we are playing board games. Where I live and who I live with is never boring, but lately, it has been eerily quiet as we race to get our homework done.
My messy schedule consists of homework from the time I wake-up, around 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with lunch sometime between noon and 2 p.m. We eat a family meal at 7:30 P.M. but some days it has been pushed to 8 p.m. or later. Only one of my sisters has a job and it looks to me like she barely has any time for homework. Everyone in my family has sectioned off part of the house or porch for their own personal study space. So far, separation is working. However, we don’t know how long our seclusion will last before we all want a change in scenery.
Even in all this turmoil, I have found some hope that this will all pass. Our teachers are stressed and so are we, but we will all eventually find a happy medium. My schedule is hectic but that is just something I can strive to make better during this quarantine. Sure, my family might not know what to do right now regarding academics, but in the end it’s all just a number. I have come to the conclusion that if we try to make our lives in quarantine as regular as possible we can get back to a ‘new’ normal.