By: James Marte
It has been an interesting journey to say the least. I came into high school thinking it was going to be like every other year. Something you complete to move onto the next chapter of life. But that took a turn and made my journey much more interesting then I could have imagined.
For half of my grade 9 year, I attended school in a regular classroom. After March break, the rest of my days were spent at home. It was a nightmare for most, but for me it was a dream come true. I enjoyed being able to work from home. Until I took notice of the amount of school work I needed to catch up on near the end of the year to keep my grades up. Grade 9 was probably the most difficult year of school for me.
As I moved onto grade 10, the students were given the option to either work fully online or return to the classroom. I tried in class the first day but it felt strange, so I continued my journey online after a good 2-3 days of attempted in person learning. The work and subjects I had in grade 10 weren’t as difficult as the year before. But for others who didn’t attend classes or didn’t complete their work, it probably was much more difficult. I was able to redeem myself with better grades that year. I personally enjoyed online in grade 10 much more then grade 9 after adjusting to my new normal.
Once grade 10 was over, grade 11 came. Grade 11 had me worried and stressed for a bit since I enjoyed Grade 10 online. Us students we were told we had to go back in person learning. Going back was a big adjustment for most of us. But seeing everyone in person again felt odd to me. Some people changed, and some didn’t at all. Seeing my classmates, I hadn’t seen in 2 years and two new grades below me was very strange.
Now I’m in my last year of high school, grade 12. My subjects don’t seem as daunting to me as the year before and everyone has now adapted to Covid-19. This may be my first normal year of high school after such a long time. I am looking forward to what this year has in store for me and what the future holds.