The New Normal

by Kailan Parker

It’s March 24, 2020, and we’ve been quarantined for a little over a week now. All of my routines are officially messed up. I went from waking up at 7:00 AM to waking up between noon and 2:00 PM. I have a lot more free time because I have less E-Learning some days than other days. It’s cool to have all this free time, but at the same time, I can’t go out and do anything so there’s really no point. I sit inside and watch Netflix or talk to friends through media or Xbox. 

 I really like the E-Learning concept. We don’t have to make up all these school days that we’re missing and the E-Learning isn’t really that bad. It does take much more initiative to do my work though since it’s easier for me to procrastinate and push it aside. Some days there is more work than others. Those days can be kind of difficult. There have been days where doing my E-Learning took quite a few hours. One of my teachers had me writing a different essay everyday and my brain was being overworked. They stopped assigning things all together though so I guess it’s whatever.

I don’t think this is affecting me as much as it’s affecting seniors. There’s a chance that they won’t have prom and they have spent lots of money on their dresses and suits. Their graduation may also be postponed for the time being. My heart definitely goes out to all the seniors whose final year at Stratford is being taken from them. 

At the end of the day, I have a strong feeling we’re not going back to school for the rest of the year. They just announced today that Gov. McMaster and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman decided to keep schools closed through the end of April as well now. I just feel that at that point there would only be a month left of school and either one, we might as well finish it at home or two, the sickness will still be present. President Trump has also said he doesn’t see this going away until somewhere between June and August.

My heart goes out to the people that have lost their lives or lost family/friends to this virus. I get that no one wants to stay home and that everyone is bored, but try and take this seriously because it could be you. May the Stratford family stand strong together!

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