Coronavirus: Weathering My First Crisis

Apr 8, 2020 By Andre , 12
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During the coronavirus pandemic, I’m lucky to have a backyard to retreat to when I want some fresh air. I get to stay safe at home while others work to provide healthcare, security, and supplies like Costco employees or UPS drivers.

However, even somebody who stays at home will experience some repercussions. Overall, my good feelings outweigh the bad, and yet I look forward to when we can all get back to normal.

After a month of “personal research,” I have noticed some good and bad aspects of forced homeschooling during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you’re new to homeschooling like me, what are your personal reflections about this Corona predicament? 

The Good: 

  • I can wake up 30 minutes later.
  • I can eat during “class” and have plenty of food and supplies
  • We save time and gas commuting to and from school or extracurricular classes don’t need to wear a school uniform
  • I can skip some classes like study hall and part of PE
  • I have more flexibility in how long you work on one assignment
  • I don’t have to “stay home” while trying to keep up with as much classwork if I feel under the weather 
  • I cannot do sports (tiring 2-hr water polo practice) 
  • I got a Netflix subscription! 
  • It’s encouraging to see the brave people stepping to help stem the pandemic. At least social distancing is working to slow the spread
  • Finally, I have an iPad so I can call or text my friends anytime and talk about school or whatever we want

The Bad:

  • I cannot do sports (tiring 2-hr water polo practice) 
  • My grandparents and friends can't visit
  • I cannot go to stores or parks
  • My eyes hurt from excessive screen time 
  • I’ve had more computer bandwidth problems 
  • I cannot do science labs or do experiments without school equipment

The Ugly:

  • It’s upsetting to have so many people sick and dying unnecessarily because we do not have a cure and there’s not much we can do other than stay safe at home
  • We don’t really know how long this shelter-in-place will last


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Gracie July 9, 2020 - 1:33pm
The whole article was super relateable! Good job!
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Regigigas May 14, 2020 - 10:00pm
great job on your article andre, I feel the same too
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smalltiger April 14, 2020 - 7:20am
I feel the same as you Andre.
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shrey241 April 12, 2020 - 2:20pm
Overall, my impressions on your article are good and I am facing the same experience, but I have a few minor suggestions. I liked that your article has a title that is clear and concise. This shows that you were experiencing being home-schooled for the first time, like me. I liked the picture you had on your introduction paragraph, which emphasizes people taking a break and getting fresh air outside. I noticed that the subtitles of your article is an allusion to a famous, old cowboy movie Clint Eastwood starred in 1967. It also had a famous theme song, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." One suggestion I would make is to do PE exercises on a site called PLT4M. My school requires me to do it three times a week. This helps you become more active at home. You can also play badminton, table tennis, catch, or frisbee outside. I also suggest the second picture could show an older, middle schooler sleeping and the last picture could show sports teenagers play at a park or school. You inspired me to write about spring break at home. I'm lucky that I don't have bandwidth problems at home since I'm an only child. Do you have siblings that play a lot of video games or video conference with their friends?