Lockdown first impacted me and other Nova Scotian students during March break. My break extended for around two to three weeks as people scrambled for answers. During this time, I did not need to do or think about school. Instead, I relaxed and was happy!
While teachers, medical professionals and government workers worked hard to figure out the next steps, I played. I believed that the lockdown would not last long so I knew I could not take this long school break for granted.
I stayed up late, woke up late, watched movies, played games … I did everything and anything that I could not do while in school. I took up new hobbies such as learning Morse code and trying my hand in cooking, and I also read books. However, all of this centered around a major issue: screen time.
I learned Morse code through YouTube and looked up recipes online; I read books on my tablet and watched movies on my phone. My eyes bled and hurt, but since this was a rare chance to not do homework every night, I spent countless hours on my computer and phone.
When I began online learning, I was very excited. I heard that school hours would be reduced, and I could still continue with my lack of sleep and binge watching. I obviously loved asynchronous class because not only did I not do schoolwork during that time, but I also did my own things.
It was very hard to concentrate on school during the pandemic because school was shortened, and I could go to class either on the bed or on the beach. It was also hard to understand the curriculum when the teacher could not speak to you individually. As a result, I spent most of my time learning my classes through online resources. While it helped me improve my computer skills such as typing and researching, I could not understand the curriculum during class time and was always terrified to answer questions.
Overall, I loved online classes. My mental health became better, but my physical health fell gradually. Without a doubt, my eyes grew worse, and I barely went out. I did not exercise at home because there is not a lot of space at home, and it felt embarrassing to work out in front of my family.
Educational learning during the pandemic was a tough experience for many and I understood those who felt like that. It was hard on me, too. While I did not learn as much as I should have – I did not listen well – I learned so much about myself and it did so much for me. That was the best outcome that came out of this terrifying experience.