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Do I Stay Or Do I Go?: The Most Complex Decision Of 2020

In the weeks leading up to the reopening of Christian Brothers High School, every student a decision to make. This decision was the dreaded “do I stay or do I go?”. Regardless of what you decided, everyone has their own reason for going to campus or staying at home to learn. Reasons can range from […]

In the weeks leading up to the reopening of Christian Brothers High School, every student a decision to make. This decision was the dreaded “do I stay or do I go?”. Regardless of what you decided, everyone has their own reason for going to campus or staying at home to learn. Reasons can range from an extreme fear of COVID-19, rightfully so, or to something as simple as convenience.

Some in the freshman class may be going to school to familiarize themselves with the campus or not miss out on meeting new friends.

“I chose to go back to school in person for the human interaction,” freshman Aryah Hubbard (‘24) says. “Being in class on a screen was very odd because it felt like I was listening to an iPad instead of real people.”

As a freshman, coming to a new school is very intimidating. However, a significantly smaller population throughout the school and in the class can take away some of the first year jitters. While this situation can help in these areas, the fact remains that this year’s freshman class get the same “welcome to high school” experience than the previous years classes have.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have the senior class. Seniors have been around long enough to know how the school works, know where everything is, and who everyone is. After speaking with multiple seniors as to why they decided to stay home, a common trend was starting to appear: convenience.

“I can wake up later, and I don’t have to drive to school,” Cole Hanna (‘21) explains. “I can leave after classes are over and not wait around after.”

While at first glance opting to learn at home to avoid an earlier wake up call may seem like the easy way out, there is validity to it. Getting to school on time is easier for some students than others. This mostly has to do with proximity to school. There are students who have to drive father than others, deal with traffic and wake up earlier than others to get to school on time.

Digital learning also seems to give students the opportunity to work at a pace that fits them better, giving more students to finish other assignments so they can get all their work done in a timely manner. Not having to wake up as earlier can heavily influence one’s decision to come in to campus.

This somewhat played into my decision to join Cohort C, with some differences. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am unable to get my drivers license, something most of my peers have. Coupled with my distance from the school, having both my parents working in places where dropping my off at school would be severely out of the way, and along with the litany of challenges 2020 has presented, staying home seemed like the easiest solution to my family.

However, students who decide to attend school during the pandemic also have very good reasons for their decision

“I went back to school because staying at home 24/7 is just very restrictive, and it got to the point where learning was pretty hard for me,” Andrew Dodier (‘21) says. “When I’m at home, there are tons of distractions and things that can easily take me away from class or my work and that would lead to me being behind. I also just really wanted to have the social aspect of school back. I missed my friends and it’s hard being secluded for a long time, at least for me it was.”

The absence of the in-person relationships built throughout the years at Christian Brothers can be strenuous on one’s psyche. An opportunity to reunite with friends is too good of an opportunity to pass up for some.

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