As the weeks scroll through, it is becoming apparent that being quarantined at home is very isolating. The chance of you socializing with anyone is practically zero, and the thought of you having to stare at the screen for eight hours a day for the next six to seven weeks is nothing short of draining. For myself it is no different. With every week it feels like the boredom is getting to me more and more, demotivating me from doing anything significant.
The repetition became very apparent to me. Each day is the same thing: waking up at 7:30, having breakfast at 7:45, going to online classes until lunch, and continuing with online classes until the day is complete, have dinner, and that is it. For the free time in between I can do whatever I want: whether to work out, do homework, or spending the rest of the day playing games on my laptop. I even get to go outside but considering the circumstances of the virus, it is very ill-advised. I have tried to spice my life up with a couple of extra-curricular things like practicing guitars or to cook stuff using one of the staff’s kitchen, so the repetition is reduced somewhat, but overall the choices are very limited.
The increase of free time does not mean the reduction of the amount of homework given to me. It actually felt like that it increased by quite a few folds ever since the start of quarantine. But I cannot confirm for real because it felt relatively natural with the amount of work I was getting. I believe that the change of academic experience only changed the type of work I was getting, not the workload.
Being quarantined is indeed very boring and mentally draining for me, but it is necessary if I want to be healthy. I think that this is quite a necessary experience if the world experiences something like this again. I think that this is an essential experience for me if I ever live in an isolated setting in the future.
Sipping on a mug of coffee in pajamas and a hoodie as classes go on normally - behind a screen. Distance learning is surely a vastly different academic experience comparing to the traditional school experience everyone has gone through.
The classes started out very awkward. Teachers just kind of stared at the screen waiting for students to show up. But after the 10 minutes of waiting everyone to show up, the class went on normally without students interrupting the class because teachers can just mute everyone. Homework is given via Google Classroom, all in all making distance learning quite a normal experience, just in front of a screen
The amount of freedom allowed in distance learning comparing to the normal school curriculum feels great for me. I don’t have to conform to the dress code imposed by the school, I also get to choose where I sit and I can put on a thick layer of blanket without anyone noticing nor even caring. The drawbacks about this is that I had to stare at a screen for 8 straight hours, which caused quite a strain on my eyes.
The other drawback of distance learning is the lack of social interaction you get outside of the screen. The first few days were fine but soon enough boredom got a hold of me. The fact that I’m not able to go outside because of the quarantine is a big part contributing to the incessant boredom that I, as well as many fellow North Cross students, are experiencing right now. Classwork has helped me combat the boredom somewhat, but overall I don’t have much things to do outside of the screen
Distance learning is a bizarre academic experience for me as this is the first time in my life I have ever done it, but everything just felt right somehow. The meetings, the classwork felt like your normal school day with even more efficiency due to muting and screen sharing. It’s a good replica of the traditional school curriculum and I’m glad that the school managed to pull this off.