Back to School in a Pandemic
By Mikayla Wabe
Posted on January 17, 2021
By Mikayla Wabe
Although many of us are still learning through remove instruction, many schools world-wide have returned to in-person instruction. In this post, I will talk about my experience going back.
Going back to school was a very exciting thing to think about. Personally, I've always loved school. I missed interacting with my teachers and peers. It started to feel very lonely at home, starting at a computer screen all day.
My school started returning in person when the first semester started. We went every day, just like normal. It remained like this for two months. Over those two months, I met a lot of new people, learned a lot, and made new friends. Even though there were a few bad days, my time at school was mostly fun, as we lived everyday like it was our last day there. We kept in mind that the school could shut down any moment - and it did.
On November 1st, we started our two month quarantine. Everyone's smiles dropped when we figured out we'd be out for "two weeks", worried it'd end up like last time when we were told we'd be out for two weeks but ended up being out for the rest of the year. Everyone said goodbyes and prepared ourselves for remote learning.
Remote learning was really tough for me. My grades that grading quarter stayed up, in fact, they were higher than last quarter. However, it was really hard to pay attention in class. With so many distractions such as my phone, the noises outside, or even just the sound of my fish tank filter, it was hard to listen and absorb the information the teacher was putting down. It was also hard seeing my friends and others struggle, so, over the quarantine, I joined the Iridium Tutoring team to help to the best of my ability.