By Bella Littleton
Photo Courtesy of Bella Littleton
This time last year we were told not to return to school, and, finally, a year later, I’m back for good.
At this beginning of the school year, back in August, I did come to school every other week. However, after Fall Break, I didn’t come back and have been virtual since. To say the least, it was difficult.
To preface, I did not make the decision of staying home on a whim. The outbreak last fall, in which all students were sent home during ALAPP, played a big part in my decision. I knew my mother had an upcoming medical procedure, which would happen during the third quarter, so, after a lot of thought and talking with my family, I felt it best to stay home for my family’s safety.
Miscommunication and confusion were everywhere. Long days required students to log on to a GoogleMeet while still eating breakfast and sit in the same spot until 3:15. Furthermore, workloads would stretch into the late hours of the night as I not only struggled to complete classwork assignments that confused me but had to piece together the homework that would be due at 7:50am.
In class, I could barely hear other students, let alone teachers. Teachers were trying to balance teaching “in-person” people while also trying to make sure “at-home” people were there to listen. Information got lost in communication; instructions and assignment due dates were buried in a slew of pdfs and videos.
Now I’m back to my home away from home, a place with halls so familiar and voices I’d only heard through a grainy speaker for so long. And I can relax.
Though I’m still a little lost, catching up to things I had missed and relearning everyday life again, I enjoy hearing people’s real voices and listening to what they have to say. Lectures and classes are beginning to make sense once again, and it fills me with that sense of awe Rev. Bush talked about in Springfest Chapel.
I am thankful for how lucky I am to be here, to be surrounded by classmates that I haven’t seen in months and hope to help those that are still at home, providing some insight to what is going on at school.
I have only imagined this place to be a fantastical tale, almost unreal. But people are here, happy and thriving.
And I can say I’m glad to be back, back at 60 Perkins Extended, Memphis, TN 38117.
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