With a student body as diverse as Noth Cross, it comes as no surprise that their hobbies and interests during quarantine are just as varied. In response to a survey sent by the paper, hobbies range from immersion in Japanese culture to gardening. Students have also been cooking, cleaning, writing short stories, journaling, painting, working out, playing guitar, and sewing. The most common answers, perhaps unsurprisingly, were that students took this time to sleep, watch Netflix, and eat.
When asked about their feeling about the transition to distance learning, responses were decidedly mixed. Students appreciate having more free time, flexibility, the lack of a dress code, and short classes, but others say they like nothing about it or that it is not the best for them.
Though most take quarantine seriously now, many admit that they did not follow stay at home orders with due diligence at first. Only 16.13 said they followed the government’s stay at home order, while just under 50% said they went outside rarely but practiced social distancing and/or wore a mask. 19% reported to going outside frequently but social distancing and 3% reported to ignoring all government orders.
Most students agree or strongly agree that distance learning has been more challenging than in person, with only only three people disagreeing.
“At the beginning it was fine and I actually found myself being more productive, but now that we’re basically almost done with school, doing projects is becoming laborsome,” said one respondent.
Others say it depends on the class and the teacher, which is backed up by the results of another question.
“It varies from class to class, for some classes the work has become easier and others harder, then it also depends on the teacher and the workload.”
Ten students said science was most enjoyable in quarantine, while seven preferred English, six enjoyed their electives, and four liked their math classes. The answers varied when directed at AP students, but there was similar variation and distribution across all questions.