Northwest students’ thoughts on quarantine

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A classroom at Northwest sits empty in April. COVID-19 has let to an unprecedented cancellation of school globally in hopes to reduce the spread of the virus.

These are unprecedented times. A phrase you’ve probably heard a million times already in the past few weeks, but it’s never something you’ll get used to hearing.

Well, at least for me it isn’t. The feeling that, right now, we are living through a historical event. Something that will be remembered in the history books. Something that some random kid in 100 years time will have to do a worksheet on or write a paper on how it all went wrong.

It is never something I’ll get used to.

Even with history being made, normalcy always finds a way to slip in–such as the application of online learning. With the use of Canvas as a medium for online learning, things have gone smoothly, for the most part. There are the occasional hiccups; a link doesn’t work or a quiz is in the wrong format. But most Northwest students are finding the platform to be acceptable.

“It’s well implemented and is a good alternative platform,” sophomore Areen Dabadghav said.

However, some seniors seem to be taking issue with the confusion of online courses.

“I don’t think it’s effective,” senior Julia Morris said. “I think most people learn better face to face.”

As for the endless monotony of the self quarantine, it makes other things harder. For instance, students are finding it hard to acquire driving hours so they can get their license.

“My parents are making me stay home, so I can’t drive or get any hours,” Dabadghav said.

Although the quarantine is causing upset for many grade levels, seniors were hit with heavy news. After a four years looking forward to senior prom, graduation, the hypnotist show, senior awards and other celebrations. students are left without answers as to whether they will get anything.

“Quarantine has affected my life kind of negatively because I can’t get out much to do what I like,” Morris said. “It has also caused my future plans to be canceled, which is really sad.”

The quarantine has also had its effects on almost all students’ social lives. Relationships are put on hold, friends haven’t talked in weeks and sports teams have lost their connection. If it goes on much longer, it will become a miserable way to live.

“It sucks because we can’t see our friends,” sophomore Aidan Myers said.

Others facing the quarantine seem to face it in a positive light, seeing its necessity, so that society as a whole can heal.

“It’s boring, but it’s having a good effect on the world,” Dabadghav said. “I don’t mind getting to wake up at 10:30 every day.”

Although it can be tough sometimes, it is providing family time for those who normally don’t get much.

“Something positive is that my mom isn’t allowed to travel right now, which is nice since she was gone all the time before this happened,” Morris said. “It’s nice to spend some more time with her before I go to college.”