By Jean-Claude Nuekpe
COVID has affected all of us negatively. However, the way we react to the pandemic is what matters.
We hear a lot on the news about the pandemic’s impact on student numbers and the general economy. We don’t hear as much from students themselves on how COVID-19 has impacted their life.
I took the time to examine just how the students are handling the situation.
“I’m not meeting people in person as much except for situations in which I have to meet people such as tutoring,” said Soomin Kim, a BHCS Junior. “However, I am contacting people by phone or through Zoom and am trying to keep in contact with my friends.”
“I try to remember that in the end, I still have to take an offline final exam and if I don’t stay focused in class, I won’t be able to make up for the information I missed,” Kim said.
The students’ way of life has been practically turned upside down.
Luckily, they have social media and they can talk to their friends through Zoom or Facetime. This doesn’t beat good old face-to-face interaction. But, it is better than nothing.
Some students play multiplayer games, like League of Legends and Minecraft, with their friends. In doing so, students get to entertain themselves and hang out with their friends at the same time.
However, students experience considerable stress as a result of the transformation in how they are taught and fear of an uncertain future. During online school it is mostly just the teacher speaking and the student just sitting around.
Learning online is not quite engaging, and some students explain that it takes the fun away from school and learning. However, offline classes have their advantages.
“The fun thing about offline school is its spontaneousness [sic]” said Aaron Huh, a BHCS Senior.
Regardless of this, it is important to find ways to stay active and to always remember that the pandemic won’t last for too long. School life will go back to normal again, and if you aren’t able to stay focused during the pandemic it might affect you negatively.
Learning or improving skills has been a great way to stay focused during these times, and being in quarantine is the perfect time to pick up a new skill or to improve on one. Some of our students have picked up cooking, working, and polishing their language skills. Others felt it is also the perfect time to tackle the most impossible of tasks.
When speaking to Eumin Ahn, a BHCS Junior, he spoke about how he used the time in quarantine to practice playing John Mayer’s “Neon.”
“Just playing it takes a lot of effort the technique is hard and the chords change really fast,” Ahn said.
“I tried to learn the song for five years and was putting it aside because it was really hard to archive, but I finally did it.”