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Summer is over and classes are back in session. The start of school is usually an exciting event, but that definitely has more to do with seeing your friends than getting back into studying. However, with online classes, learning is in session and friends aren’t. So what have your classmates been doing to keep in […]

Summer is over and classes are back in session. The start of school is usually an exciting event, but that definitely has more to do with seeing your friends than getting back into studying. However, with online classes, learning is in session and friends aren’t. So what have your classmates been doing to keep in touch?

With online learning, many students have been feeling isolated from peers and feel a lack of classmate connections. No one knows when we’ll be able to go back to school in person, so it’s important to reach out to your classmates and get in touch.

Julia Kelley (‘21) and a group of her peers have created a large group chat to help each other out with all things involving school.

“It’s really helpful when we talk about assignments and can all help each other since we have classes together,” she says. “It can be hard to get in touch with classmates when you don’t have their numbers, but this way we can all add new people.”

Many students haven’t seen some of their friends in months since school was their primary place to spend time together. Knowing this, Honors Painting teacher Mrs. Christine Kerr had her students pick their own breakout groups to catch up with their friends as they do their art. This way, they are able to bounce ideas off each other and keep the same dynamic as in the classroom.

Emily Wildermuth (‘21), one of the students in Mrs. Kerr’s class, finds the breakout groups to be just like a fun FaceTime call while they work and feels it is very beneficial.

“It’s kind of awkward when you don’t know people in a breakout group. But in art, our teacher lets us pick our groups, which makes it very fun and effective in boosting interaction,” she explains. “It’s helped me physically talk to some school friends I haven’t seen in months and makes it feel like we’re actually at school.”

Other students such as Avery Omega (‘21), have taken a unique approach to keeping a peer-oriented learning dynamic. She and her friend Kylie Scarbrough (‘21) have decided to spend most of their days at each other’s houses doing school together.

Kylie and Avery spending the school day together.

“It is very beneficial to keeping in touch because I feel strange when I don’t see people outside my family for long periods of time,” Avery says. “It’s nice to just have someone there and even if we aren’t talking to each other, company is important.”

With everything going on in our world today, it’s important to keep in touch with your classmates and be there for each other. So if you feel a little disconnected, remember that your friends are only one phone call or text away.

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