Senior year has recently won the prize for the most adaptations in my school history. As we enter the fourth nine weeks, although it feels like September still, my entire routine has shifted. I began my final year on the two-day hybrid module, and plan to finish laying in bed with numerous blankets. So how did I get here and where did I change my mind?
Around January, I began to consider virtual schooling, as it provides more flexibility into my work schedule, mental health adjustments, and an overall sense of health safety. I submitted my transform form at the end of the 3rd nine weeks, and plan to attend the model until graduation.
While at home, my daily routine looks nothing like my peers. Despite its controversy, the board recently decided to send all grades back for in-person learning. Seniors’ responses across the grade shocked me. I thought it would be more flexible for each person to pick their schedule. Instead, seniors are returning to a traditional full day schedule of classes. I expected many seniors would choose to stay virtual or shift to virtual. Instead, a large majority chose to return.
Many are upset to lose their laid-back Wednesday, yet are excited to jump back into seeing old friends. Maybe senioritis has hit me harder than my classmates this year because I can’t imagine the chaos of packed halls, classrooms, and transition periods. Our school year has looked different weekly, and to enter into “pre-covid” learning seems so foreign.
Less than two months remain in my senior year. As our school adjusts to its new model, I am anxious to see how students and staff respond. In all the craziness and change, I am eager to start a new chapter and proudly finish my last days in Avonworth.