High School and The Pandemic

Goetz shares her quarantine story


Not many people will say that they went to high school during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. With that being said, the introduction and normalization of quarantine, face masks, and social distancing will be written in history books for years to come. So, what’s it like attending school during this odd time?

The first word that comes to my mind is uncertain. Every day that I walk into school could potentially be the last for a while. Yeah, we all joke about not wanting to get up early and how much more fun we could have if we didn’t spend our whole day in classrooms, but what about when it really happens? This is something that I experienced, and I’m here to tell you that it’s not all that it’s hyped up to be. 

For those of you that don’t know, I was quarantined for about a week at the end of September, and I have to say, the evening that I found out I was going into quarantine, I was a bit excited. A week of sleeping in and deciding my own schedule could not sound more appealing. Two days later, I was in a completely different state of mind. I couldn’t see anyone, I felt like I could work all day on schoolwork and still be behind, and I had just found out that I would miss the two tennis meets right before regionals. The stress began to set in, and my only wish was to spend my day in the school building. The end of quarantine could not come fast enough. 

After my quarantine experience, I’ve come to realize that school really isn’t as bad as we all make it out to be. Having the opportunity to spend time with your peers and create friendships is something that we all take for granted, and I couldn’t realize that until it was taken away from me. While the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in many different ways and has complicated things drastically, it has also shown us how many things we take for granted in our day-to-day lives. The next time that you begin to complain about something related to school maybe thinks about how different your life would look without it.