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Quarantine for Me

Disclaimer: During the duration of our closure, the staff at The Forge has decided to forego our usual weekly format. Instead, each day we will publish an article written by one of our staff members addressing their personal responses during this time. Therefore, the opinions expressed in these articles solely represent those of the author. We hope to return to our traditional publishing schedule soon.

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well in these strange times. The following is a brief summary of how my quarantine is going.

1. School and Home Lives

Now that we have to do schoolwork at home, there is no separation between my free-time and my school hours. It doesn't feel like I have any spare time, even though I have plenty. I feel compelled to work most of the time for fear of falling behind or missing something. On the contrary, I also find it difficult to do work since I am surrounded by distractions and other things I would much rather be doing. I recently made a mental schedule for myself, which makes it much easier to do my work.

2. Missing School

It's a strange thing to say, but I miss school. I miss seeing my friends and teachers everyday, which were definitely my favorite parts of school. Now that we're doing online school, both of those things are pretty much gone, save for Zoom classes and FaceTime.

3. My Current Schedule

I usually start by setting an alarm for 8:00 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday (and a safety alarm for 9:00 a.m). I usually divide my work into 1-2 hour sections, and take a break at 12:00. Then I get back to work, and I usually finish sooner than I would on a regular school day. Somehow, almost all of my classes ended up being on Tuesday and Thursday. I can wake up the same time as Monday and Wednesday and sometimes not be done until 6:00 p.m. It is also difficult to work ahead for these days due to the class schedules for GMC.

4. Coping

I think the best coping mechanism for me is a fun little game called Animal Crossing. I love this game so much. I can play with my friends while social distancing, and my fashion sense in-game is so much better than in real life. I am a little ashamed of how many hours I have played it, but hey, I have 4 rooms in my house, and I am 748,000 bells in debt!

5. Leaving the House

First of all, I am a strong believer in staying home unless it is absolutely necessary. That being said, I went to the pharmacy, the bank, and walked to the other side of my neighborhood. That's it.

6. Most Impact

I think the things I will remember most about this situation are the news stories. The whole thing is very disturbing, and the reports and stories are almost unbelievable.

7. Online School

High school teachers have been very understanding as we have started settling into this new learning style, and I am so grateful for that! Online learning is not my ideal way of learning, but I will be okay. Learning new material is a little difficult, but my teachers are very helpful.

8. People with COVID-19

Thankfully, I do not personally know anyone who has been infected. It is shocking to see how many celebrities and people I know from the internet are being infected. I'm interested and a little worried about the stigma for those who have been infected after the pandemic is over.

9. Grocery Shopping

We are now ordering online for our groceries, but I feel bad for people who still have to work to deliver and put together those groceries.

10. Free Time

I am spending most of my time playing video games, cleaning, or watching TV. I also like to sew little felt things sometimes.

In conclusion, quarantine has been fine for me! I'm adjusting, and I can still call and text my friends, so everything is pretty adequate for me. I really hope everyone is adjusting well and that you are all doing alright. We are going to make it through this.