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I Enjoy Quarantine

Disclaimer: During the duration of our closure, the staff at The Forge has decided to forgo 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.

Quarantine has affected everyone in different ways, but this is how it's been changing me.

The first day or so was a little rough in transitioning, and making a new schedule so that I would not be lost. Now the transition was much easier for me mainly because before coming to GMC, I was online/ homeschooled, and what we are doing now used to be my every day back in middle school.

One of the first things that were affected by this shutdown was my work schedule. However, two of my three jobs canceled my shifts, my third job allows me to work from home, and now that I am doing school from home too, it has allowed me to have a more laded back and relaxed schedule—allowing me to get more done than I could when we were going to school.

Even though there have been many downsides to quarantine, there has been some good. That good has been, being able to be with my family more, being able to learn new things such as videography, having more than enough time to complete assignments for school, and being able to be more physically active.

Although there has been an effect between working, school, and my home life, the result hasn't been bad; if anything, it's been a good one. That has allowed me to work more from home, and not to have to commute to work and back has given me more time to put more effort into my work. Being able to do school from home has been helpful, not having to deal with the everyday life of high school and just being able to work on assignments. And as far as my home life has changed, well, I've been able to hang out with my family more then I used to be able to, and I am grateful for that.

Surprisingly there has been a lot of things to do every day during the cores of this shutdown. Some of the things that I do are editing video, photoshop, working, school, cleaning, running, biking, and a couple of other things. To keep me busy and not bored every day.

As far as online school is going, I've instead enjoyed it. And for the most part, it's been pretty easy. All of my teachers have done a great job and have done a lot to help us, students, out so that we don't get overwhelmed, and if we do, they help us with what we don't understand.

Even though we are in quarantine, I've been able to get out every other day, to either go shopping or get some coffee. But separate from those two things, I haven't gotten out much.

One of the questions that our staff is supposed to answer is, "how are you coping." But I wouldn't say I've been coping. Staying at home has always been natural for me, so this is just another walk in the park.

Besides not going to school every day and not having track practice, some other minor things have been affected besides school and track. But for the most part, my everyday life has not been changed a whole lot, and if anything, it's gone back to the way it was before I went to GMC.

Some things that I will remember most are the memories that I have made with my family, the late nights play games or watching movies with them the long dinners and fun conversations, the trips to the store with my younger sister, and playing with our new puppy. Those will be the things I remember most about this shutdown.

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