As of today, Friday, April 17, I have been in self-isolation for five weeks. Five weeks ago, yesterday, the entire student body met in the amphitheater for what was unbeknownst to us at the time our last meeting of the year. Five weeks I haven't been within 6 feet of anyone besides my immediate family members, five weeks I haven't seen my community, my home, but most importantly, five weeks since everyone in our community's lives were flipped upside down.
With distance learning in place, Stevenson has kept us all somewhat in contact seeing some classmates still on the daily. In contrast, some international students make rare appearances, but regardless, the sense of togetherness, while different, is unparalleled. There is a weird sort of beauty in online classes, everyone is so comfortable, you learn new things about your classmates every day just by seeing more into their lives, but my favorite part of online learning is when people bring pets to class.
In a world where everything has changed, Stevenson has remained a constant. Clubs are still meeting, sports teams are still connecting, art classes still take place and allow a creative outlet during this trying time, and even Vailima, our school's literary magazine, is still going to release an online issue this year! In just five weeks, we could come together around the globe and replicate the one of a kind community that Stevenson has to offer, only in a different way.
Although, every other part of my life is filled with uncertainty and genuine fear for what's to come, so much relief comes in knowing that each day, I can log on and see my favorite teachers and classmates faces and sometimes a glimpse of my old classroom or a moment to show our beautiful campus.
I'm not gonna lie, though, I REALLY miss hugs. The fact that that is my biggest gripe right now (not related to the pandemic) is really saying a lot.
I also miss my friends too.