Falcon Forum: Coping With Quarantine

On Tuesday March 17th, Christian Brothers High School reached a new milestone under difficult circumstances; for the first time in its 144 year history, all classes would take place online. Due to restrictions caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, games were cancelled, retreats postponed, activities rescheduled, and much of student life and life […]

On Tuesday March 17th, Christian Brothers High School reached a new milestone under difficult circumstances; for the first time in its 144 year history, all classes would take place online. Due to restrictions caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, games were cancelled, retreats postponed, activities rescheduled, and much of student life and life in general has been put on hold. The Talon Staff, primarily composed of graduating seniors from the Class of 2020, captured how they have been adjusting to life under these challenging new conditions.

Digital learning days, much like the most of this situation, don’t feel entirely real. Even as I’m writing this, it’s impossible to understand my experience at Christian Brothers might be over. I can’t even remember what my last day was like. Other than that fun, overwhelming concept, digital learning days hasn’t been too bad. It’s definitely been nice not having to spend two hours of my day driving. But yet even without that time suck, my day is infinitely more boring. Trying to learn Government without Mr. Lep’s zesty vocabulary and energy is tedious and aggravating, trying to collaborate on a worksheet for AP Literature through a Google Doc devoid of banter is actually counterproductive, and wading through Schoology glitches, miscommunications, and just a general lack of motivation is difficult; learning seems to lose its meaning without people.

In a crappy situation like this though, I’ve gotta look at some positives. I have more time to work on music. Practicing bass and working on songs have definitely made my day feel more worthwhile and upbeat, and enrolling in an online music class that starts next month has at least given me something definite to look forward to. I have more time to go for runs and pretend I didn’t get cut from track, which is always a plus. I get to spend more time with my dogs and family; I’m realizing now is time that I won’t get as much of in college.

Unfortunately, none of these can make up for the fact that I miss everyone more than I can really express. Honestly, I try to not think about it too much because it really starts to mess with me if I do. I think to myself “maybe I’ll get to see someone tomorrow” even though I know it’s not true. As much as this sucks, we seniors aren’t really the victims — it’s the people whose lives are threatened by the disease. It’s the people who were already struggling to get by whose jobs were just taken by the virus. It’s the medical professionals who are literally working themselves dead. I’ve just been trying to count my blessings a lot more lately — it’s helped. I’m grateful that this is just temporary. I’m grateful to be able to FaceTime and Snapchat my friends. I’m grateful to be a part of a community that is strong enough to survive and function online. I’m grateful to be at CB, even digitally. — Asher Bloom

For the past few days, I’ve been struggling to come up with something to write for this assignment. Trying to put all of my thoughts, feelings, and experiences into words isn’t easy when I’m not even sure what it is that I’m feeling. The thought that something as small as a virus could essentially cause the world to shut down is scary. 

While I fully understand why Christian Brothers has been temporarily moved to an online forum, I still can’t quite wrap my head around what this change will mean for the rest of the school year. I can’t speak for other classes, but as a senior, I had been looking forward to all the privileges and benefits that come in the final quarter. In light of the recent circumstances, I can’t imagine how any of them will be possible. How can there be prom, Kairos, senior ditch day, and even graduation when school is no longer in session? If school goes back to normal before the end of the year, will unnecessary gatherings still be canceled? How long is all of this going to last? 

Ironically, I have still been receiving college acceptance letters and emails inviting me to take the next steps in joining their communities. Due to many colleges being closed for the rest of the semester, most of the visits I had scheduled earlier have been canceled and exchanged for “virtual tours” that limit my experience with the college to images and videos. Making a decision for the future almost seems like a joke when schools aren’t even in session anymore. 

Yet, despite all of the uncertainties and changes, I have found that there is a newfound unity that has come from this disease. Everyone is working toward one goal: surviving this trying time. Teachers are working harder than ever to adjust to a platform that was never meant to support their classes, and students are helping each other understand difficult concepts when teachers can’t respond. Counselors and administrators are trying to create a sense of normalcy in a situation that almost escapes reality. Overall, just knowing that everyone is facing this situation together is comforting. So while I miss my friends, teachers, and the joking and lively atmosphere that comes from having a bunch of teenagers in a classroom, I know that we’re all still here for each other and the CB Lasallian community will survive this difficult time. — Sinéad Cahill

I won’t lie — social distancing feels like we’re being robbed of our time together as seniors. After the last day of school on campus, some friends and I went to a drive-in after almost canceling because of concerns about COVID-19. However, we realized the situation would only get worse and for all we knew, it could be one of the last normal things we do together as seniors before graduation.

I sound unnecessarily dramatic but I’m not alone in my sentiment. Focusing on everything going wrong is easy. Fast forward a week and I haven’t seen any of my friends outside of a computer screen. Now, all we can do is make the best out of what we’ve got: incredible technology and an abundance of free time.

After a week of texting interspersed with radio silence, my friends and I started calling each other at least twice a day. The whole situation is overwhelming in the schoolwork department while being incredibly underwhelming in the social interaction department. We’ve been trying to set up game nights and movie nights while precariously balancing time management concerning schoolwork. I’ve started eating lunch with friends over video calls to keep some semblance of a routine. I’m not going to remember much from these weeks on my couch just doing school work. It’s up to us to build a routine and maintain relationships without relying on the structure and schedule of classes on campus. It’s also important to find the silver lining somewhere, whether that be in wearing pajamas all day or sleeping in late. Responsibility accompanies this unexpected freedom and whether these next few weeks are memorable or miserable is partially up to us. — Abigail Chapuis

In a compelling turn of events, I, like many of my fellow students, have been adjusting to digital learning. With this news I thought to myself, “free coronacation!” But I was wrong. Oh, how I miss the days of boring lectures and dress codes.

My time spent at home is comparable to that of a hermit: laying in bed dreaming of the outside world, rotating my multiple pairs of gray sweatpants until one is tainted by the stain of comfort foods, and finding far too much comfort in said comfort foods. Initially I thought that my week away would be spent with friends, loosely rebelling against recommendations of social distancing. However, our parents had other plans, and thanks to Life 360, they succeeded in their efforts. To further convince my brother and I to stay home, they decided to implement fear with movies like Contagion and making us watch our president and his officials struggling to answer the questions of journalists, clad with gloves and hand-sanitizer, I’m sure.

Yes, the first day was breezy and simple. Teachers have certainly made things easier, and I applaud them for their hard work through this difficult time, but I am slowly losing my sanity. Nonetheless, here I am to shed some light on how to get through these uneasy times. I find that waking up somewhat early is extremely helpful. My brain is programmed to wake up early due to my usual long commute to school, but with home being my new campus, it seemed the haunting blare of my alarm clock was far behind me.

But with the freedom of working at home, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of laziness. I refused to give into the dream, no matter how beautiful waking up at noon sounded. Waking up at a reasonable hour gives me more time out of the day, and allows me the time to be productive while also fitting in some much needed breaks. I’ve found that getting into a groove has been easier than I had previously imagined. I thought that with my bed being in such close range, resisting the temptation of turning on the heated blanket and spending hours on TikTok or Netflix would be impossible. By making my bed, taking some vitamins, and washing my face (and teeth, of course), I feel less inclined to crawl back into bed.

It’s also recommended that you start your day off with some exercise, but I’m certainly still struggling with that. Instead, going outside and walking a little bit seems to do the trick, but it will definitely take some convincing to get me to pick up the pace into even the slightest jog. I miss my teachers, and my classmates. I hope you are all doing well and are adjusting to these strange circumstances. Remember to take care of yourself by both avoiding the virus and protecting your well-being. — Rubi Fernandez

When I first heard that we would be having digital learning days for the next few weeks, I was excited. I had a plan to go to my friends house for school every day and we would switch houses every day so that we got to spend each day at a different person’s house. This was quickly dismantled as I was no longer allowed to leave the house except for essential things. So now I’m stuck at home for most likely the next month or two, and my curiosity and excitement for these “days off school” has floundered.

The first thing you realize during this time of isolation is that you can think of so many things to do to pass the time, so the first day or two is still kind of fun. Then you realize that all of the ideas you had to get around these new restrictions and get out will not work because now it’s literally against the law. At first you scour the internet for things that are interesting enough to take up a chunk of time. You find some pretty interesting stuff, and it keeps your mind occupied for a little bit. But then you run out of distractions and find yourself alone with your thoughts. You think about how people are saying this crisis may last until May or later.

“MAY!” You think to yourself. So many of the great things you had been looking forward to all gone. Prom, graduation, Kairos, spring break, and even your last Founders Day as a CB student — all vanished before you were even able to comprehend that they would be your last. There were so many things you wanted to do before this year was over, and now the chance that you will be able to do any of these things are slim. That person that you so desperately wanted to ask to prom, those lines you were going to write in someone’s yearbook so they would have fond memories of you, and the fall you had so meticulously planned for the graduation stage all vanished in the blink of an eye. You wish you did more during the time you had, and the regret kicks in.

“Why didn’t I do all the things I wanted to do” and “I wish I had done things differently” get stuck in your mind. You knew you would have these feeling of wanting that time back, but you thought that wouldn’t happen for months. Now you face the fact that your senior year is likely over. You think of all the people you may never see again — the people you shared classes, assignments, and lunches with. Mostly you think of your friends. You think of the time you spent together on campus and how great these last few months with them would be. You look at memories of you spending time with them at school, and you would give anything for one more day of what you have lost.

It’s a shame, but you still have hope. You constantly wash your hands, practice social distancing and don’t leave the house unless absolutely necessary. You do this because if we all follow the rules maybe you’ll have some time left. Then you think about all the ways you can get this time back, and though it may be difficult, you find that all is not lost. You know we can overcome anything. — Cal Fiske

A week ago I sat in B set and told my teacher that the coronavirus is going to blow up soon and people are underestimating it. While I said those words, I never imagined that it would blow up in my face the way it has.

As a junior on a varsity baseball team, you see how the seniors go about their business and involuntarily follow, with some exceptions. As a sophomore on a varsity team you undoubtedly follow the seniors and yearn to be like them. With both of these experiences under my belt, I knew that I was going to cherish being the senior that guys looked up to. I was bound to hustle the hardest, be the loudest in the dugout, and lead by example. As a younger player on a varsity team you also get to see your role models on senior night.

A close friend of mine, a pitcher like me, walked out on senior night last year and there were tears in my eyes. As I watched closely. I saw myself out there one day, walking with my family around me just as he was. I imagined starting on the mound on senior night and leaving it all out there for what might be my last time. I saw myself rising to the occasion on senior night and throwing the whole game, I saw all my friends there for what might be my last home game ever. I vowed that I would not let the team down on senior night and that I would fight until the very end and get a win.

Now that the virus has fully blown up, our season hangs in the balance. The moment I found out that school was cancelled my brain jumped to “the season.” It may seem wrong, but at that moment in time, all I could think about was baseball and how I would do anything just to be out there with my brothers everyday. I would give anything for another long day of practice and long night in the gym. What I thought was stable came out underneath me. A three year wait to be a captain on the varsity team, to finally have a chance to make a huge impact on the team — this wait was well worth it, but what has happened as I finally approached my last season in blue has hurt my heart an insurmountable amount.  — Jordan Gonzales

Ever since I learned of California’s plans to implement practices of social distancing, I knew we were in it for the long haul. Although my friends and family tell me to remain optimistic, I can’t help but maintain my low expectations so I won’t be further disappointed. As a senior, I know I have to prepare to kiss my dreams of the last prom, our last day of school, and even maybe the most anticipated event of our high school career, graduation, goodbye. I think the most difficult part for me is not being able to see my friends, mostly because my mother is in a full fledged panic over catching exposure to COVID-19.

I miss the small things like talking with my friends in class, driving to Dutch Bros after school, and just hanging out at each other’s houses. I know that social distancing is necessary to slow the spread of this pandemic, but not knowing how long it will last really puts a damper on my senior year.

Although digital learning days are convenient and an easy alternative to our classes, it doesn’t compare to CB’s amazing teachers and being in the company of other students who also have no idea what is going on. It’s harder to follow a schedule when we aren’t in class being told what we are doing and when we are doing it. It is however, a good practice for college and to form better study habits on our own time. One thing that does help get me through these days is being able to keep in contact with my friends over the phone. Being reached out to by a close friend really turned this quarantine around for me and gave me hope that we will all be okay.

Even though we can not see each other, we will always be in each other’s thoughts and our love for each other will remain strong. All I can do is remain hopeful that this will all be over soon, and we can go back to the normal hustle of our everyday lives that we often take for granted. Until then I will do my best to remain optimistic and put up with my mother’s incessant need to spray every inch of our home with disinfectant and “keep her distance” from my brother and I when we return home from a quick trip to the store. Hopefully all of the CB community will remain positive as well and remain in good spirits during these long days of social distancing. — Madrey Hilton

In all honesty, this at-home school experience is not all that I thought it was going to be. I was pretty excited to have so much time to myself and be able to focus on all the things I’ve been meaning to do but haven’t gotten around to due to school. The first day didn’t start out so hot; I stayed in bed basically all day, with absolutely no motivation to do anything. Luckily I had no serious assignments that first day ,so I had some leeway, but the second day I was actually given work, but still had no motivation to do anything. Those two things don’t mix too well.

I regrettably finished my work, and then started to just go more and more insane. As someone who is fueled off social interaction with friends, my mind has no idea what to do in this time of isolation. In the past 48 hours, I have been battling the idea of shaving my head, and I’m still not so sure I’ll win that fight.

As more time passes, however, everything becomes just a little bit easier. I’ve started inching towards become more productive. I went on a run yesterday and today, and I’m doing my homework BEFORE 8:00 PM. I’m almost certain I won’t become completely accustomed to this though; I miss my friends, my favorite teachers (such as Mr. Anderson), and some of my family. Without direct interaction with these people regularly, everything seems to be a bit off kilter.

I hope that soon I’ll develop the motivation to actually do some renovating both around the house and in my life. Times like these are very valuable for such a thing, and I fear that once we return to our normal livelihoods, I’ll have completely forgotten about any of the goals I set for myself. Maybe I can hang up some pictures and posters I’ve been hoarding in my basement for all of high school. In any case, these are frightening times, but I hope to make the absolute most of it. — Daniel Larsen-Anderson

Life in quarantine has definitely been interesting. It is so much different than I thought it would be. I think I’m getting a different experience than people who might do homeschooling or online school because in this scenario, all of my friends and all students everywhere are home doing the same thing as I am. I think it’s a bit easier this way because I don’t have to see what I’m missing out on at school because no one is at school.

I do miss school more than I thought I would. I miss my friends, I miss the interactions, I miss my teachers, I miss getting out of the house, I miss driving to school. It has been easier than I thought, though, to stay on task. Surprisingly, this experience has been the most self-motivated I have ever been with school. I get up every morning around or close to 9 AM. I go downstairs make myself breakfast, whether that means grabbing a granola bar or making eggs. I do the easier attendance check ins while eating breakfast and then save the rest for when I go upstairs. Then I start all of my work and take a break around 2 or 3 PM and maybe do some work after that.

This schedule has been so different from my school schedule, but I’m finding it nice to plan my day and not be rushed to finish my homework in 45 minutes. This experience has also been nice for me because I’ve found school hard socially lately. I’m going through a lot with a loss a loved one recently, and now I feel like I have the time to deal with it and not push it aside when I go to school. It’s allowing me to deal with all of my struggles and grief.

I definitely am going to want to be back at school soon, though. The scariest part of this pandemic is the unknown. No person has an answer for when we can go back, if we can go back, if we’re going to have a prom, if we’re going to have a last day, if we’re going to walk the stage. The harder unknowns to face for me are who’s going to get it? Am I going to get it? Is it going to be painful? Will someone I know die from it? What does this mean for our country? Will we go into a recession? When will the world go back to normal? It’s hard to feel optimistic in this time, but I’m hopeful for medical advancements and answers to some of these questions. — Izzy Ledesma

Digital learning days have definitely been a change in my everyday routine and academic mentality. Some aspects of online school I’ve definitely enjoyed, like being able to manage my time how I prefer. But it can also get stressful extremely quickly if you don’t manage your time properly. The most difficult part for me is checking Schoology multiple times a day and checking my different subjects to make sure I completed everything. I’m very forgetful and I’m afraid I will skim over something and forget to do it at the last minute.

I didn’t think I would be as diligent in completing my school work, but so far I’m doing pretty well in keeping a healthy balance to my school time and breaks. I enjoy being able to complete my homework and school work during the time periods that work best for me instead of having a set schedule. Digital learning days have definitely given me the opportunity to complete my assignments in an environment I feel comfortable in, which is not something I receive in all of my classes.

Although it is nice to wake up whenever I want and go at my own pace, I wish I was at school with my friends and classmates. I genuinely miss being in the CB environment, and it doesn’t feel normal being at home for this long of a period. I also miss my lacrosse team and miss playing with them. It is extremely upsetting our season has come to an end as it barely began. I hope we are all back to school soon and this is not how this school year will conclude. — Caroline Leonard

Before students and schools were forced to turn to online schooling, I made it quite obvious in my classes how against I was to the idea of not going to school. Being a senior especially and knowing that these are the last few months where I can really spend time with my peers and talk to people I don’t usually talk to on a daily basis made me super frustrated. I understand how closing schools and lessening social interaction can really slow the virus down, but I also feel it’s inevitable we won’t return back to school, which is disappointing. I’m a huge social butterfly and don’t normally stick to a schedule of my own, so school has always been super beneficial for making sure I stick to a normal schedule and interacting with everyone always makes me so happy.

Being in “isolation” for me these last few days has been super difficult, I hate being home all the time and discovered how easily bored I get. My days have consisted of scrolling through Tumblr, watching TikToks, and attempting to make TikToks (sadly). I’ve also watched Beyoncé’s Homecoming on Netflix about seven times and haven’t got sick of it yet. Thankful for Beyoncé during this hard time.

Digital learning has not been difficult, but the workload has been heavy. Being a CB student, we thankfully already work with technology and do some school online, so adjusting was not difficult. I feel and worry most for students that go to public schools, where some students don’t have access to internet and digital learning and where the the school cannot provide the means of education online like CB can. There are a lot of students missing a huge chunk of their learning and I don’t know how they’re going to make it up if schools don’t return to session soon.

I’m not as scared of the virus, but how the world’s been forced to react to it and how the media portrays it is most scary to me. I miss a lot of teachers like Mr. Anderson and Mr. Syr, who always made class interesting. I can’t help but worry I won’t be able to walk the stage at graduation or see any of my peers beside me. Lacrosse season this year has been the most fun out of all four years and we were doing pretty well. It’s really sad that’s been cut short for me and the other seniors. — Sarah Louie

Unlike most students, when I learned that we would be doing online classes, I was upset and frankly extremely frustrated. I was worried and anxious about Covid-19 along with falling behind on school work. A lot of my friends thought this would be like a vacation, which only added onto my stress of wanting to explain why they should stay inside and not act as if spring break came early.

After a day full of stressing about all the negatives of digital learning, the dreadful Tuesday morning and the first day of digital learning finally came. Luckily both my teachers and I were overprepared. I spent the day before making plans with my friends that we’ve used all week since then. I wake up around 7 AM, then call my friends so we can eat breakfast together so we could talk before being serious for the next few hours. Around 8 AM is when we would all start school. We worked together to help each other with homework, classwork and lessons we didn’t understand. It felt as if I still had classmates.

While we did chat from time to time, we would stay focused on our work and get everything done quickly. In fact, we would work through the time frames that would be our break and lunch so we would finish around noon. I can honestly say the only part of online learning I haven’t been fond of is just the quarantine part. Celebrating a birthday and being housebound isn’t exactly a fun combination, but my mom still found a way for me to enjoy it. I miss CB and my teachers — no amount of online courses will change my mind about that. I hope we can go back to campus really soon and put this nightmare behind us, I also hope the seniors will be able to return and make a few last memories before graduating. — Grace Madrid

Despite the long days of isolation I have had an abundance of time to take care of myself. Surprisingly, I have kept myself on a regimented schedule. I start my mornings at 9:00 AM — I get up, work out, shower and begin my homework. My parents are both going stir crazy being at home all the time, so they decided to buy a Peloton, so I am fortunate to have that to use for exercise or just when I am dying of boredom.

I do school from 12 PM to about 4 PM . I try and take small, 15 minute breaks in between just to be reasonable in maintaining focus. After homework I’ll go on a walk — yes, it’s allowed — or just watch Netflix. I’ll end my day with dinner with my family and mediation right before I go to sleep. I have been trying to incorporate breathing mediation in for a while just because of how beneficial it is for my mental health and now I finally have the time to be consistent.

I’m introverted so I am not dying from not having to be around everyone at school everyday. I genuinely feel like this extra time has been good for my overall well being. I know my feelings are not the same as my peers about staying inside all the time, but I am still very concerned with the current predicament we are in. I am very disheartened from possibly having to miss out on graduation and other senior activities that you only get once. Although I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, I am still struggling to understand why this is happening to our world and how awful the timing is. I don’t miss waking up early and having to be in dress code for school, but do miss the daily conversations with my friends and just having somewhere to be everyday. Although I miss all of these things, I do think its important that our city is establishing safe boundaries in order to prevent more exposure to the virus. — Sophia Overstreet

Digital Learning days have not been interesting at all. I did not think it was possible to be this bored. I have not yet decided if I enjoy digital learning days or not. I enjoy being able to eat and do my work at the same time. However, I hate that there is no one to keep me on track. At school I have to be very focused, and now I get distracted very easily. Yesterday I was doing math and I ended up staring at a bird for about 15 minutes.

My routine has been pretty similar to a regular school day. I still get up early and do schoolwork, except now I do it in my pajamas. Digital learning days are similar to being in school except it is so much quieter and there are no activities at the end of the day. After school I would go straight to work or practice, and now when I’m done with school, nothing really happens because I have to stay inside my house.

I think the biggest adjustment would have to be being by myself and doing school. I am so used to having people all around me when working, but now it’s just me at my kitchen table. Something that has made this experience easier is that my brother occasionally comes out and does school with me. Although he is extremely loud and distracting, it’s fun to have someone to talk to. Something that has made this experience very difficult is my slow WiFi. When everyone is at home and working, the WiFi is extremely slow and can be frustrating. It’s also extremely frustrating not having any of my friends around. I miss my friends and teachers the most. I want to be able to interact with people instead of just hiding at home. There is nothing I don’t miss. I enjoyed every single thing at CB and I just did not realize it until now. — Kayla Piegaro

In all honesty, I was not at all excited to start Digital Learning Days. Everyone tells you it is a time to relax, take care of yourself, and just spend time with your family, but it’s especially hard when it is the last quarter of your senior year. These are supposed to be the last couple of months I am supposed to remember forever, almost like the last couple months of being a teenager. Instead I am locked in my house experiencing boredom at its finest.

Though I am extremely bored and very close to losing my mind, I am grateful that my family and friends are healthy The first couple days of digital learning felt like the longest school days of my life because I had to experience it with my three younger siblings. My younger sister screams “passing period” every time she finishes an assignment, my brother reads every single one of his assignments out loud, and my youngest sister will not stop singing her math problems. I try to wake up at 9:30 AM every morning so I can finish my homework around 12:30 PM, but finding the motivation to sit through three hours of busy work has never been so difficult.

After I finish, I’ll talk to some of my friends or walk my neighbor’s dog, which is the most fun I have each day. Then I’ll go home and either watch Netflix or try to bake cookies before I eat dinner with my family. Waking up before 12:00 PM has surprisingly been a lot easier for me. I was kind of scared that I would wake up late and all my assignments for the day would be submitted well past the time it is due and my grades would suffer. I guess my mind has gotten used to waking up early, and it has let me get a little more sleep in while still being able to finish all my work for the day.

The sad part of this is that I wake up each day thinking that this whole social distancing thing is just a dream and I can go back to being a normal high school senior, but it is 100% real. Not being able to see my friends has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I knew that it was going to be difficult, but it has turned out to be a lot harder than I imagined. As I was thinking about this new routine I have to adjust to, I realized that my friends are a much bigger part of my life that I thought. Other than my friends, I miss all of my wonderful teachers and even my classes. I know it has only been a couple days, but it feels like a couple weeks. Knowing that everyone is safe and healthy does make this social distancing thing just a little bit easier. I don’t miss having to be in dress code everyday, but that’s about it. I know that I will get to see everyone soon. I hope everyone is staying safe and taking social distancing seriously as best as they can. — Grace Ramirez

The experience of “Digital Learning Days” has been an interesting and rough one. Making the adjustment at first seemed to be easy. I enjoyed the new freedom of the school day and the ability to choose where and how I wanted to complete my work. Being able to listen to music or not listen to music, or call my friends was an attractive prospect. But as the days dragged on, it became apparent all the things I was missing from normal life. After school was over, I was still stuck in my room. It is easy to lose focus on other things I love such as music and art. The endless scrolling on Instagram, TikTok, and other social media sites began to take up an embarrassing amount of my time.

I thought being stuck at home would give me more time to focus on myself and re-energize myself, but instead I feel more drained and distracted. It is hard to adjust to being home all the time. I am used to being out and being busy, so the immense amount of free time has left me at a loss of what to do with it.

I think the easiest thing has been the ability to communicate with people. There is always someone who will respond to my questions or just have a conversation with me. The instant gratification of a text message has kept me connected with those not in my household, but at the same time constant messages have suspended the joys of face-to-face interaction. I miss the ability to put away technology and enjoy the presence of my friends in person. The genuine time spent with them over the past four years during lunch and class has been a positive and incredibly important part of my CB experience. Through this experience of social distancing I have gained a greater admiration for their involvement in my life.

Despite my sadness over my friends, I have quite enjoyed some of the quiet. Doing statistics notes with my dog sleeping next to me is much more fun than doing it at school. Being able to get up and get snacks whenever I want to has been a plus from this digital learning experience. With all that said, I am ready to go back to the normal school day and life not in quarantine. No amount of snack breaks would convince me to continue digital learning more than I have to. — Audrey Solis

My experience of digital learning so far has been interesting. It makes me feel like I am a Disney star who has had to switch to online school because my career has just blown up. I really miss being in class and having conversations with my teachers and classmates, though. Those are the things that make school fun and enjoyable. It feels like we are constantly doing busywork.

Also, this could not have come at a worse time. I am no longer able to really appreciate my classmates and Christian Brothers because I rarely get to see them and I am at home all the time. The biggest adjustment I have had to make is not being on a schedule and having to be responsible for keeping track of all the class periods and assignments without having a teacher around to ask them questions about the work.

I guess if there is any positive side to this experience, I have been finishing my work much sooner than 3 PM, thus my “school day” is much shorter than a normal school day. However, what I have found to be more difficult than I thought would be is finding ways to stay focused on my work while at home because I think there are a lot more distractions. The thing I miss most of all, though, is my friends. We have made an effort to get together and try to do school work together, but circumstances have quickly changed, and in the past few days, this has become a lot more difficult task to complete. This loss hits especially hard because with it being senior year, my remaining time with them everyday was already getting smaller and smaller. I do not miss, however, having to get up early and drive to school every morning. I can do everything in my pajamas if I please. — Chloe Splinter

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