These are scary times in our life.
I am not here to tell you whether the schools should open or close. I know that is a big debate right now in this country.
What I am here to say is that our students have been grieving their classroom and school experience.
This is nerve-racking for the students because not everyone can learn through the computer, just like we would explain that not everyone can learn in a traditional school setting. On top of that, the school price is not going down, but the experience has gone down. So it's frustrating to have to pay for something knowing that the price has not adjusted, but you had to change.
School nowadays is scary for educators, parents, administration, and students.
We have now made our homes our sanctuaries, learning environment, gym, workplace, and everything else.
Also, we miss our friends.
I can't lie to you all. I have been trying to study for my LMSW (License of Master of Social Work). I took the test after studying for four months back in May. And after taking it and failing, I was over it. Before the pandemic hit in March, I was going to the local library every day and spending hours at a time at the library. It allowed me to get out and be myself and turn off my phone and focus on studying. Now that I am at home and forcing myself to study, it has been challenging. Now, if it hard for me, a 28-year-old who has two degrees and has spent more time in school and is the happiest person that I am out of school, I can only imagine what it is like for people who are actually in school. The motivation is almost non-existent. However, all I can do is think about our education system in this current state. My heart is with the students and all the educators. These times are so confusing, and we are all learning as we go along. It isn't easy, especially if we have experienced COVID-19 in our personal life. It can be scary to get back in the groove of the everyday life that we are used to because that life might not exist anymore.
If you're a student and you are reading this, I encourage you to stay as positive. I know you are fatigued and that it is hard to stay focused. But please, take a break when it is needed and try to adjust as much as possible. If you are a parent, listen to your child and talk to the teachers when you can. Just like you're confused and trying to figure it out, so are our children. To our professionals and educators, you are very appreciated. Please take the break when you can. Please be patient with yourself and your students.
As always, no matter who you are while reading this blog, please remember to love you the way you love the world.
I love you all!
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