“Everything has been a bit crazy lately, but I encourage everyone to make the most of it!”

It is currently the second week of virtual learning! The first week went very well. I was a bit worried since I didn’t know what to expect, but in all of my classes, we continued with the lessons as if we were physically in class at O’Hara. All of the teachers did a great job of moving their lessons online in such a short time frame. They’ve given us assignments on Google Classroom, Uploaded pre-recorded lessons, and some even have their classes live on Zoom. It isn’t the same as being in a classroom where you can raise your hand, and the teacher can immediately answer your question, but the teachers have worked hard to try to get back to us.

The thing I miss the most by now just staying at home is the social aspect of being at school. I miss my friends so much, but luckily we’ve been texting and FaceTiming each other frequently. Mrs. Evert has done an amazing job with planning different activities for us to do at home, such as the March Madness Song Bracket or the Virtual Talent Contest. Since I am at home, I have the chance to be with my family more. The other day my twin brother, Chase, and I made pizzas from scratch, which came out surprisingly good. We also got to celebrate our birthday, which was on the 18th. Even though our parties are postponed, we still made the most out of it and had a little party with homemade cake. It was nice spending time with him since we are normally seen bickering in the hallways. 

Everything has been a bit crazy lately, but I encourage everyone to make the most of it! Since we have a lot more free time than usual, pick up a new hobby or binge watch some shows on Netflix that you haven’t gotten around to. Text and FaceTime your friends to see how they’re doing. Make sure you spend time with your family. Sometimes it may be hard to find the time since we all have busy schedules, but now is the perfect opportunity! Also, make sure you stay safe, stay at home, and wash your hands!

-Written By: Melanie Jackson