'Is the school closing? No. We're just going digital.' - Mr. Haight, Dorm Head of Wilson/TI
Under the short notice that our school would be closing due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Pirates have returned to their homes and resumed classes through Webex and Zoom.I retreated to my grandparents' house in Fremont, CA and set up my room like I would if I were in my dormitory, whilst getting ready to take in all the delicious homecooked food. The goodbyes and the change of location have proved difficult for many, but as time went on and classes were back on schedule, I gradually began to settle into my new routine.
As most of you may know, the current coronavirus outbreak has led to our transition into online schooling. The process has been particularly difficult for seniors because it implies we will not experience the bittersweet joys of senior spring as well as results of college decisions surrounded by each other. However, Stevenson has made sure to work closely with our college center in order to help us seniors along the way.
Oh, winter sports. Some people love them, some people (like me) are not as in love with them, and need to find a good balance of alternatives to fill their time. My sports requirement was already satisfied by being the boys' varsity basketball team manager, but I found myself not having much to do during the afternoons we didn't have games. If you're in a similar situation, mock trial might be the option for you!
If you think acting up stage and memorizing blocking and lines are hard enough, may I introduce you to the pit orchestra. This crew of talented musicians are constantly under high pressure. To begin with, there is only one person playing each instrument, meaning there's no 'backup' if the wrong note is played. The actors from the musical also rely on us, so if we miss a bar or a single beat, the entire number could easily crash and burn (which happens during rehearsal). As I gladly return to the pit for the second year in a row, the stakes were just as high as the anticipation for the actual opening show. And thus, may I present you: Life of Pi(t).
My experiences here at Stevenson from the two most recent months, which have definitely been the best out of my three years here at Stevenson. With it being Senior year for me, I have been doing a lot more ambitious things than that of prior years.