A Day in the Life of a Quarantined Student

by Alexander Barker

School has been out for the past 12 days now, and with all that extra time you’d think we’d be out having fun right? Wrong. Since the Coronavirus was labeled a pandemic on March 11, countries around the world have been going all out on their efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. Here in the United States, we’re encouraged to not assemble in groups larger than 5, to not travel unless absolutely necessary, and to just practice good hygiene. This virus has forced everyone to adjust their daily schedules and adapt to this new quarantined life.

Since the closing of schools, I’ve been waking up at 11:00 a.m. to a nice bowl of Lucky Charms, and getting started on e-learning assignments. E-Learning is meant to let us continue learning from home and prevent us from forgetting material while we’re on break, but how does that compare to the reality? From what I’ve heard from most other students I’ve spoken to, most are just viewing the e-learning as busy work and are just doing it to get done, and to be fair I agree. Don’t get me wrong, my AP and honors classes are still giving me a lot of work that requires me to put good thought into it, however the same cannot be said for some of my other classes. I spend about 2 hours each day doing my assignments on my chromebook. Most of my assignments are nothing more than a 250 word essay here and video lecture notes there. Nothing exactly to write home about. I try to stay focused on my work by making it fun, listening to music or taking short breaks between assignments can prevent it from becoming repetitive and boring. 

Since school is temporarily postponed, that means the same for athletics as well. As a tennis player who used to spend 10-14 hours on the courts each week, suddenly not being able to go is a big blow. Since we’re encouraged to not travel unless necessary I’ve been unable to go to the tennis courts since school let out. In the meantime, I’ve been looking out for other things to do in my spare time. When we first went on break I was happy sitting around on the couch watching TV to pass the time, however now that we’re going on 2 weeks of no school, Netflix is getting real old. I try to shake things up every now and then by coloring, finding yardwork to do, or going for a nice bike ride around the neighborhood. Personally I’m ready to get back to school and hang out with other people. Who knew sitting on the couch all day could start to get annoying? On the plus side however, I’ve been able to catch up on a lack of sleep and been able to finally relax from the stress of school days. 

As a middle child with four other siblings, there’s never a dull moment around the house. If things weren’t exciting enough when school was in session, they sure are now with all of us under one roof. Since my two younger siblings are both in middle and elementary school still, they wrap up their e-learning in around only an hour and spend the rest of the day with nothing else to do. I can tell my family is slowly getting restless with nothing to do all day. We try our best to get out of the house by taking walks and doing activities together outside. We can only hope this quarantine ends soon.

As each passing day goes by the number of cases increase, and with no immediate cure available who knows how long this will last. I believe it’s more than likely that school will be further postponed past April 1st. The cases just keep getting closer and closer to us and there seems to be no way of stopping it besides staying at home. I hope everyone continues to take care of themselves and their families. Don’t go in public places if you don’t have to, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, keep your house clean, and practice social distancing. I look forward to seeing you all back in school sooner than later.

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