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Corona Diaries

Each week a different member of the Hebrew Academy community will share their daily life, thoughts and feelings about what it's like living in quarantine and the unprecedented pandemic sweeping the world.

By: Alexa Szafranski (11th Grade)

When we first made the shift to online school, I was not so upset. What could be bad about two more hours of sleep and four classes each day? But after doing this for what feels like months, I cannot express how much I truly hate it. 

Before we went remote, I woke up at 6:30 A.M. every day. Now, even though I wake up at 8:45 A.M., I feel more tired and frantic every day. I usually forget what schedule we’re on, because I forget what day it is, and have to text someone frantically five minutes before class starts. Even though the material we are learning is consistent with what we were doing before the online switch, something about the atmosphere is different, and I still haven’t really gotten used to it. 

Once school ends, I don’t know what to do with myself. I always tell myself I’m going to be productive and get my homework done or study, but I usually end up on TikTok or on Facetime with my friends; I waste hours playing games like Psych or Photo Roulette. Because there’s so much more time after school, I still have time to get all my work done, which is strange because it’s never been like that for me. I have always had to do my homework right when I got home and would usually finish around 10:00 P.M. Now, since I have nothing to constantly work on, my days feel too long.

I think at this point I am just getting stir crazy. Everyone likes staying home sometimes, but three weeks of it is just too much. I miss my friends and even school itself, but I try to stay positive. I try to do the things I never had time to do before, like watch a TV series I never finished or read a certain book I always wanted to but never got around to. I also got into making string bracelets, and I have made around twenty five of them since we have resumed classes online. One day we will probably look back on this all and think it was a cool experience, but right now all I really want is for things to go back to normal. 

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