The Online Learner: Week 5

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Lee Cline, Reporter/Writer

This week was more difficult than usual. Time seems to be blurring together and I’m having trouble keeping myself in check. I forgot to turn in my piano and history assignments because my week felt so packed. Balancing school and my personal life is more difficult when you don’t physically have to attend school. It’s easier to know what is due if you use Google Calendars. It has your assignments and their due dates laid out for you.

This week my boyfriend, Maddox, and I went to Babcock State Park so I could take his senior pictures, it was a nice evening and I had a breath of fresh air. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been somewhere since last March. 

Last year I taught the ukulele class at WGMS and my check came in last month. I used that money to drive myself to Summersville and get my septum pierced. I wanted to get it done last spring, but we all know how that went. It’s really important for me to be able to express myself through my appearance. It’s something I have complete control over and it helps me feel the most ¨me¨. Yesterday I dyed my hair blue.

Taking time for myself is difficult, I feel like I should be working 24/7. The way the schedule for remote learners is set up, with our work due in the middle of the week, makes us feel like we’re constantly on the run. While in-person learners get Saturday and Sunday off, I don’t. I do school work every single day. I’m writing this on Saturday morning. I’ve had to teach myself how to fully manage my time, which is one of the most difficult parts of this whole situation. 

I find myself saying: ¨Was that last week? Or was that this week?¨ and if you ask me what I did yesterday I couldn’t tell you, I scarcely can tell you what I had for breakfast each morning. I only know what day it is because of my Amazon purchases. This week I bought myself a new pair of glasses (pictured above).

I try to remind myself that we’re all in this together, as cases rise there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Everyone just needs to wear their masks and avoid gatherings so things can get back to normal as soon as possible. 

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