Guest Post: A Day in the Life of a Virtual Student
Posted on May 13, 2021
Please join us in welcoming one of our middle school students who is in a blogging elective. (The student requested anonymity.) The following post was a completed assignment in which this student shares their personal perspective on the impact of Covid-19.
A Day In The Life Of A Virtual Student: Just a student’s point of view on this whole Covid thing
by a TCS Middle Schooler
Gosh, it feels like this is my new normal now. I remember last year, I’m pretty sure it was March 13, the school held a chapel explaining how to log onto Google Meet and how we were going to use the Google Classroom to get our assignments done.
I was shocked when I heard we were going to be out of school for A WHOLE 2 WEEKS!!! My classmates and I cleared out our lockers and shared a few tears in the bathroom. We would miss each other.
It would only be 14 days though, right?
Little did I know it would be just a tad bit longer than that. After the days turned into weeks, and weeks into months, I wrapped my mind around how long we were actually going to be out.
Our school was pretty blessed to be able to go back in September. Just because we were back in person though, didn’t mean Covid was gone.
So far, I have been quarantined due to exposure 3 or 4 times. It’s hard to keep track when all the virtual days kind of blend together.
After all that said, here is a normal day in my life…✨Quarantine edition✨
On mornings that I have gotten a good night’s sleep, I wake up anywhere from 5-6:30 A.M. so I can go on a run. The runs vary. It depends on the mood I’m in. If I get an awful night’s sleep, I sleep in and ditch the run until after school.
After the run, I log into my first class of the day which is Espanol con Senora Rice! The second class is English with Mrs. McCoy, the third is Algebra with Mrs. Breakey, and 4th is Art rotation with Mrs. Pollock.
Everything gets somehow chaotic around this time, for me at least. 5 minutes sounds like a lot of time between classes, and it is, in person. Online, I use the 5 minutes to try and finish the work that was assigned in class. I do this because everything builds up really really fast when your working at home. Then it gets super stressful, so I try to get work done as soon as I can.
After lunch, my little workspace is trashed with papers, books, my lunch, and a bunch of other random junk, so I do a quick sweep-through of the area so I feel more organized.
The second half of the day is a lot worse than the first part. This is when my brain starts to rot and I really just need to get outside and off my computer.
After I finish up ninth period, I’m usually ready to throw my bed out the window.
I either get outside on a run or just do something other than stare at a screen.
I’m very glad we have teachers who care about students online. Personally, Dr. C really makes me feel included in the work we are doing during science. If my classmates are doing labs, she will carry me around on her phone so I can watch, almost as if I were there. It is not the same, but it’s close.
Thankfully, Covid won’t last forever. I’m hoping that soon we can all forget about this mess and get to see each other’s entire faces again. Wouldn’t that just be awesome?