January has hit our campus, along with most of the peninsula, with a huge storm. For two days, Stevenson’s electricity was cut-out, going on and off throughout the period. Although it was tough to keep the school running through the whole thing, the community worked together to face the problems nature gave to us.
On a Wednesday afternoon, a windstorm came through Pebble Beach knocking over some trees and power lines. The electricity went out and practices were canceled for many sports and afterschool activities. Students walked around happy that they didn’t have practice. However, when dusk came they realized the disadvantage of the lack of lights and internet access. The first night, the power came back for study hall. Students were able to get their work done, but just as study hall ended we had lost it again. It was almost as if the electricity turned back on just so that students could get their work done!
The next morning, I woke up with a cold shower and shivered through my classes. Teachers were lenient, as they understood it’s hard to complete work without lighting. After school, many students went to Rosen to garner some internet access and some light. Through the whole experience, the community gathered in a small area pushing through the outage. When I saw these students setting up their computers to get work done, I saw a mirror image of a family huddling around a fireplace. Stevenson, as a family, huddled around the fireplace and dealt with the circumstance. We all stood by the metaphorical fire of Rosen and read our books, completed work, and managed to maintain our daily lives.
I learned that Stevenson is resilient. Even without electricity, the community managed to go on with their lives. Without technology and the internet, all we had was each other. As a result, the school grew closer. I saw people complaining but laughing while doing so. Struggling as a community helped to bring us all together. When the power came back on, I felt a sense of relief. We had made it! But, in a way, I will miss the days of waiting for electricity and huddling around the fire with the community.