Digital Reformation? Transitions and Down Time
So far, one of the biggest changes that I’ve seen, and have experienced, is that we are advised to not go out into the public, unless necessary. We have been out of school for seemingly two-weeks now, though one of them was Spring Break, we had to take quarantine precautions starting the week of our Spring Break, which was March 14.
Additionally, every teacher has been trying to transfer their lesson plans online, whilst, still trying to make things as interactive as possible, aka, doing video-conferences or meetings with their students whenever possible.
The one thing that’s stayed the same in my perspective is that we still have to take some quizzes online and, in some cases, write physical notes for our classes. I understand that the teachers and staff are doing their best to help us continue to pursue our education, as they have given out electronic devices and opportunities to obtain WiFi for the people who don’t have access to them.
Although, I still feel uneasy about most precautions being taken by the state and county, such as them advising people to stay home, not necessarily making people stay home, as some are still going out for unnecessary things such as them simply being bored at home, feeling cooped up, wanting snacks, etc. I feel like those reasons aren’t exactly valid to be going out every day, I feel like even though they don’t want to stay home, they should for their safety, and for the safety of their family members, especially if they’re immunocompromised. I keep hearing conspiracies pop up every so often about our current situation, though, I don’t believe any of them, and just stay home and follow the instructions given to us by the government. I know that recently Trump has stated that he is extending the social distancing guidelines until April 30, and if we were to continue school after that, we’d have only a month left, which doesn’t worry me too much, though the work that I’m getting now is worrying me and slightly overwhelming me, as I feel as though I won’t be able to keep up with everything without having a properly enforced schedule, as nowadays I tend to sleep all day and stay up all night doing nothing but occasionally doing homework and playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
I do feel as though I need the structure that school gave me, as, without it, I feel all over the place, and overall confused about most of the work being assigned. Things for me, personally, have been more difficult as the days go by, as I have nobody to converse with, even at home, as opposed to at school, where I had my friends to talk to and laugh with, lately, as my friends and I have a different life schedule, I just haven’t spoken out loud in general, and that makes me feel overall gloomy everyday. The most productive thing I’ve done in the past two weeks is trying out new recipes and do the bare minimum of homework, doesn’t sound like much, and it isn’t. I guess the saying really is true, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone,” because, man, I sure do miss being at school.