A New Experience and a New Struggles for a Young Generation

High school students at school, wearing N95 Face masks. Teenage boy sitting at the school desk, looking away and thinking.

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High school students at school, wearing N95 Face masks. Teenage boy sitting at the school desk, looking away and thinking.

Tristan Trundle

The new school year has been very rough for each and every student in some way or another. 

In a time such as this, it’s important to remember our roots. While our school year has been tough so far, let’s take a look at who it could even be even worse for.  I am referring to the 8th graders

A response from a hybrid 8th grader.  “The first month of school so far has been kind of boring to be honest, as it is very hard to interact with others. I really like my teachers so far, although some of them do have their flaws. However, this is mainly due to all the new changes regarding COVID. If I could change anything about school, I would change it so that if I didn’t have any work to do, that during WIN time I could just go home. I get that 11th and 12th graders do this, but I don’t really understand why we can’t either. The most tough thing about school right now is probably the amount of work we get. It is not a lot of work, it is just a lot more than we used to get. The best thing about school right now is how school ends really early on Fridays.”

A response from a full time distance 8th grader . “My first month of school was subpar, it could have been worse, but it definitely could have been better. My teachers are okay, there are some that I like, but others that seem difficult to work with, and they take quite some time to grade assignments. I wish I could change school so that my teachers would actively understand the work we do from our perspective, and that they could understand how big of a deal it is to have our grades current and updated. School is not particularly difficult at the moment, however like I mentioned prior, my teachers take some time to grade my assignments even though they have been turned in on time. I also feel that some things are not explained in too much detail, and other times I feel the opposite. I enjoy my WIN days, because as a full distance learner, I can get off school at 11:20 and I have the rest of the day off, due to the fact that I do not need to go to WIN. I also enjoy my Advanced Global Studies class, and I find it intriguing and easy.”

I feel like we can all take something very valuable from this, and use it to apply to our own school lives.