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What Do Students At Home Feel They’re Missing?

When I found out Christian Brothers was opening again, I was excited and ready to go back to school. I couldn’t wait to have more normalcy in my life. But as I was reminded of the necessary safety modifications, I started to lean more towards the option of continuing online school only. I found out […]

When I found out Christian Brothers was opening again, I was excited and ready to go back to school. I couldn’t wait to have more normalcy in my life. But as I was reminded of the necessary safety modifications, I started to lean more towards the option of continuing online school only. I found out that most of my friends were in a different cohort and that the new school modifications were far from normal school. The idea of going back to school didn’t seem as appealing.

Cassie Hanson (‘21) chose to stay online this semester because she felt like it was safer than going back to school.

“Not only that, but I am able to concentrate better at home, and I feel more comfortable in my environment,” she says. However, she does feel like she’s missing out on getting to know her teachers and classmates this year. It is more difficult for her to ask questions and set up meetings to get extra help when she is at home. It can also be lonely for Cassie at times because she misses the in-person conversations that regular school allows.

“While I’ve always been the sit in the back and stay quiet type of student, I do miss talking to my classmates and all the laughs that happen in class.”

Cassie loves being home with her family and dogs, but she would not choose to stay online if school was back to normal. She wants to be able to experience a “normal” senior year and enjoy it with her friends. She says she will most likely go back to school next semester because she doesn’t want to spend her entire senior year at home. Cassie wants to hold on to the hope that the pandemic will get better and school will soon become more normal.

With the school’s covid modifications, Cohort C student Camille Nye (‘21) says she wouldn’t be able to see her friends at school and feels like that would be lonely. Camille feels like she’s missing out on being with and talking to her classmates and teachers in person. If school was the way it was before the pandemic, Camille would most definitely choose to go back. She misses being with her friends and school and was hoping to spend her senior year with them.

I chose to stay home this semester for reasons similar to Cassie and Camille. I didn’t want to go back with the new modifications, mostly because a lot of my friends were in a different cohort. I think friendships are a big part of school, but next semester I will still go back even if nothing changes.

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