Sharing lessons from this last year

The Root of it All


Maddie Root, Managing Editor

It is no secret that this year has been extremely different. Since COVID-19 began, our whole lifestyle has changed. As the school year winds down, I have had the chance to reflect on my year. I have made many mistakes, and of course, I have learned from them. Here are the top five things I have learned this year.

1. Take a break from the electronics
Online school has added to our phone and computer usage on a daily basis. Earlier this year, I would find myself constantly checking my phone during Zoom calls and class meetings. After these Zooms, I would feel so drained from using my electronics all day, that I would procrastinate doing homework until later. However, I found that if I took a walk or went outside before I started my homework, I was much more productive in getting homework started. So, to be more productive, take a break and take in some fresh air!

2. Appreciate family
Over the past year, we have all been spending more time at home. More time at home means even more time with family. The pandemic has taught me that my family is always there for me when I need them. With all the time I have spent with them, I feel closer with my parents and siblings. While some parts of my family are hours away, and some are just a walk downstairs, I know that they would do anything for me.

3. Make time for your friends
Friends have become more important than ever. During my time at home, if I ever need a “break” from my family, I call up a friend. Because I am not able to see as many friends as I would normally, the best way to stay in touch is over the phone. The importance of keeping in touch with a friend is overlooked by many. When you are bored, why not call up a friend that you have not talk to in a while? A good phone call can go a long way.

4. Surprise yourself by trying new things
COVID-19 has given us some free time on our hands. It is the absolute best time to pick up a hobby or try something new. Trying new things is scary and may feel like a bad idea. When I tried track for the first time, I was nervous and scared to fail. Now, I feel supported and have developed a new enjoyment for running. No matter how nervous you are, try a new activity and surprise yourself!

5. Give people the benefit of the doubt
This has been a very long, difficult school year for many. It is important to be aware of how other classmates, friends, and others are feeling. For the rest of the year, we need to focus on supporting each other instead of bringing each other down. If someone seems to be having a rough day, do not give them a hard time. You never know what someone is going through outside of school.