The Tablet Jr. > April, 2021

By Sophia Bortot, Grade 6

Sophia BortotLast March was a challenging time for all of us. Schools shut down, everybody was working from home and we couldn’t leave the house. It felt impossible to get through. Personally, I didn’t take it very well. I felt overwhelmed with work and missed my friends. Thinking back, it’s hard to think of how far we’ve made it and how much we were able to overcome. And as for me, I’m just happy it’s all over and I get to come to school in person.

Start Working!

Imagine this. You wake up. You open your laptop to get ready for school and boom! Loads of assignments due today. Now, I know I shouldn’t be complaining about this. And although it may seem like it, it isn’t the teacher’s fault. The school had to start complete remote learning in just a few days. Everybody, including myself, was very new to this. Of course, there was gonna be a few flaws. 

Even though I had all the work, I was able to stay calm and get it all done. Through the experience of remote learning, I learned that the best way to get all of the work done was to begin knowing that in the end I could be proud of myself and relax. I’ve seen plenty of people who procrastinate about the work and by 1:00 pm had nothing done. Even I’m guilty of this. In order to fix it, I made a few rules for myself. By following these rules I was able to discipline myself and get all my work done.

Facetime after Facetime

Through this Quarantine, I missed my friends so much. The only way I could see them was through a screen. It was better than nothing, but it never felt the same. I remember some nights that I was crying before going to bed. And sometimes, I didn’t just miss my friends. I missed school. Yes, a school might be a place to learn, but it’s also a place where we socialize. Sometimes I don’t even realize how much I see my friends each day in school.

This was probably the hardest part of my quarantine. I’m a very social person, and I can’t go too long without seeing my friends. Luckily, we were able to schedule Zooms and Facetimes almost every day. Like I said before, not the same, but definitely helped. Sometimes, my mom told me to think about if this happened 100 years ago. The only way people would be able to communicate is through the telephone. It would be impossible to see each other. She taught me to be thankful for all the amazing technology we have today.

 Last year was full of ups and downs. Nobody knew what would happen or how they would handle it. Luckily, I had tons of help along the way from friends and family. I learned to discipline myself to give it my all. And although it was different, I’m much happier back to normal.