I’ve been stuck at home for the past 12 days, and as much as I feel extremely productive, I also feel unproductive and lazy, I feel as though I have nothing to look forward to and have nothing to strive for at the moment.

I’ve been doing the best I can to keep up and do my assignment, but it’s been a struggle. The best way I’ve been able to do them and the best advice that I can give is to keep everything in order and have it visual where you can see it and scratch it out when it has been done.

For me this past school year, I have been using a planner on and off, and at the beginning of this week, I took it out of my backpack and looked at all of my assignments that had already been posted and wrote them down. This past week’s load has been full, and so has my page on my planner. However, I feel so productive; I have been doing all my assignments, even turning them in before the due date. On the downside, while doing that I’m in bed, I’m watching Netflix, snacking on food, and taking naps after everything is done. This is extremely different from being in class. It is a different environment; it’s not a learning environment. I think of home, a place to relax, a place I am comfortable in, and a place where I can get away from the stress I have and the real world. It has been difficult taking that comfort zone to me and making it into what is supposed to be a learning environment because now that is what my home has to be, because of the unfortunate circumstances that we are in at the moment.

My day consists of me waking up at noon, and going to sleep around the windows of 3:00 am and 5:00 am. I get up, brush my teeth, wash my face, and head to eat breakfast. Then I come back into my room, or what my mom has been referring to recently, “my cave” and start on my homework and put on the new season of “All American,” while I’m at it. After all my homework is done, I usually switch between my apps on my phone till I get bored and turn back to Netflix. I would like to say that my online classes are going pretty smoothly, and I know that my teachers are trying their best to keep us engaged, and still teach us from multiple online approaches. I believe everyone is handling the situation as best as they can; it’s a big help for families in the district for the district to still provide breakfast and lunch for students as well as loaning out technology and other materials. I believe that all the parties involved are trying to make the best of the situation and do the best they can during this unexpected crisis, and that’s all that any of us can do.

Leann Lopez is a 16 year old Junior enrolled in Jimmy Carter Early College High School. Leann is the daughter of Ruby and Jacinto Lopez. She has three siblings, one older sister Kristian, a younger sister Marla, and a little brother Jacinto. Leann takes an agriculture class her first period at Palmview High School, which she is the current Palmview FFA Vice President for the year. She has served as an officer for the past 3 years since her freshman year as Reporter, and her sophomore year as chapter President. Leann as well was recently newly appointed as the Citrus Valley District FFA Secretary and chapter Vice-President. She competes in various competitions throughout the year with FFA and show pigs, this year she plans to take on a new challenge and will be showing a heifer for the first time. Leann's goal for the year is to prosper this junior year by getting good grades in her classes and doing any means necessary to achieve her goal. Such as studying, taken extra credit, turning in assignments on time, and going to tutoring if needed.