I expected a lot of things out of my senior year. To say I expected a global pandemic that would completely shut everything down and to never return to high school again after March 16th? That was not one of them. Needless to say, in the past few months, I have had to make some major changes to daily routines, schedule, and habits. I am used to being a very busy person, constantly running from place to place and not being at home too often.
I woke up around 8, though some days it ranges from 6-9, and logged onto my computer to do some minor work for classes, answer some emails, and college related things. By 9, I was getting out of bed to get ready so I could eat breakfast and begin my day. I would like to say that I still get semi dressed everyday, but the truth is, I put on a sweatshirt and athletic shorts because it is the only thing I am comfortable enough to do homework in. I ate breakfast and began doing work that had been assigned to me for a few hours.
Before Monday, a lot of time was spent studying and preparing for AP exams, something I struggled with as focus no longer comes easily to me. Now, I just have a few more assignments to finish up before I am done with high school. I worked on Calculus, English, and a Biology project, but if I am being honest, got distracted with YouTube one too many times. To say I am excited to return to my normal life where I can go to the library or a coffee shop to do work is an understatement. Nothing gets done within the four walls of my room. There are days where getting one assignment done is an accomplishment, and others where I can manage all of my work done for the day.
This went on until about 6, when I got up and ready to go for a run in Sewickley. This has been one of the only good things that have come out of my new routine. Before quarantine, I resented running and the only cardio I wanted to do was in a pool. But with all other options of exercise eliminated and me needing to get out and clear my head to resume work, running became all that I had left. Surprisingly enough, it has become one of my favorite parts of my day and I look forward to being able to do so everyday. It is liberating to put in headphones and go at my own pace. It gives me time to think and allows me to take a mental break when I am feeling especially unmotivated. I went about 3.2 miles, the average for the route I always take, and then was able to sit and enjoy an amazing sunset afterward.
I then went home, ate some dinner and completed some more work before showering and going to sleep. These are typically how my days go now. Relatively uneventful and at times, pretty unproductive. However, once school is out, I hope for things to start looking up. It is exciting to know that soon I can make whatever schedule I want and not have assignments looming over my head to be done. The end of my senior year, and the summer before my freshman year of college may not look like how I expected it, but I am doing what I can to make the most of the time I do have.