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Students Manage Stay-at-Home Challenges


Chaos for Students, Seniors Especially

Sam Casa ’20

What I find most challenging about all of this is chaos and not being able to just live my life. Newly 18, it isn’t ideal to spend my little time left before college trapped in my house. I miss being able to see my friends and surprising to say, I miss going to school each and every day.



Managing Stress

Bella Lasecki ’22

All of the changes due to the Coronavirus can be stressful. However, there are some good aspects of online school. I have more time to sleep in and get things done throughout the day. Unfortunately, having a class on Zoom is not the same as being at school and interacting with my teachers and friends on a daily basis. One of the hardest parts of this situation for me is how much I miss my friends. I don’t know when I will get to see them next, so this is the new normal for the foreseeable future. I think keeping track of all of the new online school changes is a little stressful, but I am sure it will seem less overwhelming when we get used to it in the next few weeks.  

Dealing with Boredom

Anthony Nestico ’19

Some challenges of COVID 19 have obviously been not being able to leave or really do anything for the last few weeks. Personally, I really haven’t left the house for the last three weeks other than to go outside. It’s also been hard not being able to see a lot of friends and not have much social interaction lately aside from over the phone. Online school has been a challenge since it started, mainly because it’s difficult to be organized. On the brighter side, some positives in this have been being able to be better rested and having more time in a day to spend with family.

Missing Everyday Routines

Ruby McCall ’19

Currently, the thing that I find most challenging is not being able to do the normal everyday things that I’m used to doing like skating and working out at the gym. It is hard to find workouts at home with limited access, but I find a way to still make it work with what I have. It’s hard not being able to spend my last few weeks at Gilmour with my friends that I have grown so close to through hockey, dorm life, and every moment we all spent together throughout my two years at Gilmour. For some of the girls, it was goodbye, and I did not even know it, which really is hard. This makes me realize how much we should appreciate the good things we have in our lives and to not take any moments for granted. I’m a very active person and I like to get out and do things, so it’s hard staying in my house a lot. I also am trying to prepare for my first season of college hockey, and it’s hard not having all the resources I’m used to having each day at any time. I think online school is also stressful. It’s a big change and something that I don’t think is super important during a time like this. The positive thing is that I get to spend quality time with my family since I go to boarding school. Also, I’m going far away to college next year, so it’s nice to have extra time with them. 

Online Learning Pros and Cons for ESL Students

Cathy Xie ’23

During this time of the coronavirus, I find the most challenging thing for me is I have to take classes online instead of having class meetings at school. The reason I think that is because discussing things in school can be the most important part of a class. People understand better through hearing from and talking to others. But now I miss that because virtual meetings are short, and sometimes my microphone may not work because of the signal. I lose chances to exercise my language skills as well. This is a major con. On the other side, online classes have some advantages, like I don’t need to rush to go to the next classroom in five minutes or get up so early every morning. I can say I have more free time to manage. I can calm down and give things my undivided attention more easily, because I do not have any possible classroom distractions. I clearly feel that my study efficiency has improved a lot. However, I definitely support Ohio’s governor and the Academy’s decisions. I think the key to ending this troubled time is to interrupt the chain of transmission. Staying home is absolutely one of the best solutions. So, I think as long as I contact my teachers, classmates, and community, either going to school or studying at home both can help me gain new understandings.

Stay-at-Home Restrictions Needed

Anthony Clericuzio ’20

The most challenging aspect of the coronavirus is simply being forced to stay in your house and be told you can’t do anything or go anywhere. As an athlete, I’m not the type of person who likes to sit around and do nothing. I like to get up and be active. I have not been able to skate at all or see any of my friends. This frustrates me. However, this virus has really made me open my eyes and realize that’s only a sliver of what I should be concerned about right now. The U.S. has already topped every other country in death tolls, and the virus hasn’t even reached its peak yet. I also have a very unique and firsthand perspective on the virus because I live in Connecticut. We’re right next to New York. New York has more cases than any other state in the entire country. President Trump has talked about how he’s considering putting Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York under quarantine and not letting residents from those states travel to any other state. With the virus epicenter being so close to my home, it truly makes me hope and pray that people listen to the government about staying home. Otherwise, this virus is going to cause a lot more American citizens to get sick and possibly die.  

Social Distancing Is Difficult

Tommy Moe ’23

When it comes to the entire coronavirus situation with everyone in the world, I feel what is most challenging for everyone is social distancing.  This isn’t just about not being able to see friends on the weekends but also about how we can’t go to school. We have to go online which I feel is worse than regular school.  With not being able to go to school, it is harder to go to the doctors, go get food, or even say hello to your neighbors. With this, social distancing is not just staying 6-8 feet apart with everyone you see, but it also means the canceling of major events, quality time, and sometimes even lifetime memories. One of the worst parts is how my first year for high school baseball is probably not going to happen because of the virus. This goes back to how it’s ruining memories that were going to be made.  Finally, the seniors are the ones that are hurting the most because of their last year in high school and maybe prom and even graduation could be canceled. It’s sad. We need to remember to stay home, keep up with social distancing, and get back to living our lives as fast as possible, for everyone’s sake.

Online Learning Works

Dom Schimizzi ’19

Online classes can be challenging for both students and teachers. It is a different environment than the regular in-person classes. Online classes can be challenging for students to stay on track with their classmates, but online classes can also give students the opportunity to go at their own pace whether it is slower or faster than the rest of the class. For me, personally, online classes are more familiar to me than traditional in-person classes. In this situation, however, my whole family uses the Internet in my house whether it’s my parents who are working from home or my other siblings who are also doing online classes. Learning online can be a real good thing.

UPDATE: 4-10-20-10:04 A.M.- accuracy – “Stay-at-Home Restricts Everyone” to “Stay-at-Home Restrictions Needed” – format – “Managing Stress” centered above content