It’s crazy to think about the fact that most of us have been quarantined at home for nearly two months. As a first-year student at NYU, I vividly recall receiving the initial email from our school administration back in early March. This email simply advised the student body that spring break would start two days early as a COVID-19 precaution. What began as two days would end up being the rest of the semester.
For many people, life before we were shackled to our homes had been quite repetitive, and at times, even hectic. With AP tests looming over the horizon, my time before quarantine was filled with nonstop activity. Homework assignment after homework assignment was piled onto my plate, deadlines were beginning to stack on top of each other, and every single day was blending into one giant melting pot of work. For working adults, this routine was probably a fact of life.
Back in March, my university made a sudden announcement that all lectures will be cancelled and converted to online lectures. Like for many other students around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic cut short my final year as a law student in the UK. I was able to attend some of my classes at the start of the year, but due to the sudden change to an online teaching format, I now find it challenging to learn the material from my second semester modules.
I'm currently a freshman at Los Altos High School and live in Mountain View, California. Our last day at school was on March 13th, and I've been at home on break or attending online school since then. My days consist mostly of being on the computer, either attending online classes or animating on Scratch. For a while I was enjoying this more relaxing lifestyle, but then once online schooling ramped up, the days became less easy-going. Yet my complaint about online schooling is less about the workload and more about stress load. It’s overwhelming to have the entire weeks’ worth of work thrown at you on Monday morning. Not only that, being assigned specific online Zoom classroom times adds more stress and time management to the equation. I’d much rather prefer to go to regular school over what we’re doing now.
COVID-19 pandemic immediately halted society. Nonessential stores are closed. A few stores are still open but have limited hours and have restrictions on the number of people coming in. During this lockdown, the streets are eerily quiet and it’s almost apocalyptic since everyone is at home.
It’s been a long time since I last sat down and wrote down my thoughts.
It’s currently Day 35 of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia since lockdown was first announced by the government last March. News of the novel coronavirus first caught my attention back in January when the lockdown of Wuhan, China (the epicentre of COVID-19) was reported in almost every news outlet. What I didn’t realize at the time however, was that the situation in Wuhan would soon become our own reality in just a span of a month and a half.
The news around COVID-19 hit me suddenly. I was in the middle of processing a transaction for a customer, when my coworker came to tell me that we’d be under a lockdown starting at midnight. It explained a lot: the rush of customers withdrawing large amounts of cash, the endless busy traffic in the parking lot, the outlandishly long lines at the supermarket across the street, the continuous messages blowing up my phone... I looked at her worriedly, unsure of how we would be affected.