I would do anything to go back to my school

Here we are again. Lockdown number two. More months of social distancing. More months of mental breakdowns. The numbers of infections are still rising and there is no end to be seen.

I remember when back in March 2020 all students in my school were happy about not going to school for a period of time. We did not have a lot of homework. Everything was good and we could chill out a little bit. There were no masks, and you could still see your friends. Now everything is different. You need to wear masks in shopping centers, public places and in classrooms. Everything is closed. You actually can`t do anything right now. I`m at a point right now where I just do not want to do this whole thing anymore. I just want to see my friends and actually learn something and not just do the tasks that my teachers are telling me to do. There are so many challenges of distance learning. From struggling to understand assignments and getting easily distracted to not having reliable internet. It is really getting on my nerves. Constant pushing through all those assignments and hoping to understand it right and then hoping for getting a good grade on it, is just nerve wracking. I would lie if I would say I did not have plenty of mental breakdowns while doing my work. If you had told me a few months ago that I would be praying to go to school, I would have laughed and called you crazy, but I would do anything to go back to my school. To see my friends. And to go back to our normal lives. Our lives before COVID-19. When everything was fine and where we were happy.

Paula Zurke, 11a