What a weird year 2020 is. How we imagined it to be important, meaningful and top notch but it had plans of its own. How excited I was to take my first step into the senior school but things took an unexpected turn. As a student how has Covid-19, lockdown and quarantine affected me? Well, my birthday was almost at the start of this lockdown period, so I had to cancel my party, uninvite all of my friends and that was the moment when I actually started to hate the coronavirus. I was kind of happy that there would be no school and extended vacations but also sad at the same time that I wouldn’t have a proper first day of IX class.
When the news of online classes came in, I had somewhat mixed feelings about that. Online classes were the best that the schools could do in these uncertain times. The first day could have been little better, half of the time was gone in Internet issues and in almost every class something or the other would go wrong. I was happy thinking that the teachers would go easy on us and not a lot of homework would be given but that was not to be. Everyday we had homework for every subject and the syllabus was vast. Every evening and afternoon we were busy completing the homework and would not have time for any self-study. On top of that, school was for six hours during which we were constantly staring at a laptop screen and only studying. This just made it worse. Due to the fact that our screen time had drastically increased, many of us would experience headaches and be exhausted by the end of the day.
Needless to say, none of us liked or wanted to study for six hours straight! In school we had sports, art and music, and other activities throughout the day but online classes had none of that. To make it worse, our friends weren’t there with us to get us through the day. There we were staring at our screens, giving answers now and then, just studying without any support from our friends. This unfortunate reality was overwhelming andt pulled all the fun out of school. Everything we loved about school was there no more and this painful reality had become our everyday routine. But as time passed, we adjusted and adapted to this system and tried to see the better side of it. We interacted more in class, if we missed our friends we would -face time them and tried to make a new routine in this weird phase. Every summer I would go swimming or cycling with my friends, go to the park, the mall and just do something interesting everyday. But now since I’m stuck at home for 24 hours the level of boredom has reached its peak. I know this is the time to polish up your talents, do what you love- which for me would surely be art. I have made many new pieces of art but now everything seems so bland, I’m bored of that too. But recently we just received the holiday homework and frankly it has given me at least something interesting to do but as I started to actually attempt the homework I realised it was not something but a great deal of work. Those things aside, even the weather was not in my favour.
Whenever I went in the balcony, I was met by a flaming floor and scorching heat. I started to be so dependent on the AC and actually grateful for it. One benefit that came out of the lockdown was family time. I had so much time to actually bond with my parents, play games with them, watch movies together and have discussions about my future. I learned how to cook new snacks, do some household chores and help around the house. I actually looked forward to all these moments. Once in a while we would have fights but even that indirectly was a mode of entertainment for all of us. But as I looked outside my own life, things were getting scarier and alarming- coronavirus had affected millions of lives all over the world.
The cases in India itself are growing rapidly and spreading like wildfire. Suddenly my problems, all the homework, no notebooks, all of this just didn’t matter anymore. Realising how a huge number of people were losing their loved ones, the fear the victims were facing if they would be alive to see tomorrow, all of this was so much more important, bigger than my own problems.
(The writer is a class IX student at MIS, New Delhi)
Monday, 15 June 2020 | Shreya
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