by Alana Modi
It’s crowded, congested, and a little hard to move around. The desks seem to be on top of one another. As a student I seem to feel like I am in the middle of a tornado, trying to find the sun through gray clouds. The classrooms are the most full they have ever been this year, and while this provides opportunities, it also takes away from a once in a lifetime experience we had being distanced, having classrooms that were more breathable and a better learning atmosphere. This change is taking us forward, but it is also a bit shocking to have so many people walk the hallways.
With this change taking place only a few weeks before the end of the year, it has become one signal of our better future. It’s amazing getting the chance to discuss with teachers and to have a chance at normalcy–but while these pros exist, so do the cons. With this shift to full in-person learning, the other half of the student population has finally been uncovered. We, as students, finally have a chance to interact with those not in our “pods”. This can certainly be seen as a plus, but at the same time, my friend and I have been separated for an entire year due to our last names and now with 3 lunch rotations, we still have no chance of seeing one another during our 25 minutes of free time. School has become a place of separation because of the pandemic, and that is making it extremely hard to connect once again.
Because of our current situation, clubs have another chance at life and meetings can finally be more interactive. With this enhanced personal aspect it is making it so much easier to plan ideas for meetings and possible activities to take up the time we have lost throughout the year. School certainly feels like school again and I believe that without this change at this point it would be impossible to completely switch to in person in the school year after summer. School has certainly started to return to normal, but the cost of the pandemic still lingers. As a student I am happy to have more freedom throughout the day and not feel so restrained in my endeavours—including extracurriculars. However, the intensity of being back at school full-time has made this feel like the longest stretch of the year, and the one that will push us over the edge. I am excited to be experiencing normalcy again, but it has also become a little hard to continue.
I have finally had the opportunity to once again pick up a pencil and write on paper. Teachers seem to be falling back into their old routines and this is certainly a better change academically for us students. I feel though at the same time through this process we are being pushed more than we ever have, but in the best way possible that is causing everyday to bring more challenges and excitement. School has returned to normal, so it follows that now the rest of life will as well. We have all survived a world-wide pandemic, but we have made it to this point and our successes should be celebrated today, tomorrow and everyday.