I thought it would be so boring to stay inside most of the time. It has been five weeks since school officially closed, and the first few weeks were rough. The schedules just kept changing, and it was hard to keep up with my regular routine.
However, I now can experience some great kinds of freedom: no lingering in the closet to pick out a school outfit, and spending more time ion my comfy bed every morning.
At first, it seems like the choices for extra-curricular things were very limited as going outside is inappropriate. But thanks to the dorm’s staff, it is much better than it seems: we have more time to go hiking, sight-seeing sunsets, making cookies, and even getting Blue Cows ice cream or Chick-fil-A for some days as long as we don’t have physical contact with other people. I’m really thankful for the dorm staff because they have to work much harder to ensure our safety and provide fun activities at the same time.
It feels nice to not only be able to finish my junior year as normal but also spending more time doing stuff that really matters to me: redecorating my room, reading books, making college lists and preparing for AP and standardized tests.
Staying off-campus also gains for me more time calls with my family. I call them almost every day these days whereas I only called them once a week before. Now I can talk to my little sister more and help her out with her homework, which helps my parents save most of their time. Even though letting my stay in the U.S. was a hard choice for them as the cases are increasing rapidly, my family still feels secure as we can talk every day to make sure that I’m still in a stable, healthy condition.