I was homeschooled before coming to O’Hara, so the idea of waking up later, having freedom with schoolwork, and being home most of the day isn’t new to me. However, the transition from 8-hour schooldays to virtual learning certainly took some time to get used to.
After a few missed alarms and being late to some early morning zoom meetings (sorry Mr. Brac!), I’ve been able to get into a routine of schoolwork, activity (inside of course), and family time. With week 2 of virtual learning coming to an end, life is starting to get back to normal, mostly thanks to my teachers. I’d especially like to give a shoutout to Mrs. Rowitt, who has done a great job since the beginning of communicating clearly with us and making at-home learning interesting!
One thing I’ve learned to appreciate about the new system is the flexibility I now have to learn in ways that work best for me- I can pause videos to take notes, privately zoom with teachers to discuss issues, and even arrange my homework schedule to fit my needs for the day. Another perk of being outside the classroom is that I can now FaceTime my friends if I need help with homework, or just need a fun break from working. Although it’s definitely way different from what we all expected for this school year, I’m learning to appreciate virtual learning in new ways every day… but I’m counting down the days until I get to see all my friends and teachers at O’Hara again!
Written By: Haley Garecht ’22