Students Speak Up About a Changed Perspective Post-Coronavirus

Written by Riley Castellano, Logan Johnson, and Kennedy Vacca

It has been over a year since COVID-19 entered America, marking the beginning of a world-wide pandemic and a turning point in history. Individuals have had to adapt to new conditions while keeping a healthy mindset and work ethic in and out of school. This leads us to ask students what advice they would tell themselves pre-pandemic.

Although the coronavirus seems to have the world on pause, it has allowed people to recognize how important it is to spend time on themselves and discover what they can achieve. After hearing from students, we found that most don’t dwell on the struggling moments; instead, they adapt to new conditions and find enjoyable hobbies. Senior Kristina Ayers suggests, “Clinging to activities that bring you joy and help distract you from our current situation; for me, I like to go on long walks, find new music, FaceTime friends, and get through my reading list. I also made a list of activities I’d like to try that are COVID-friendly, or I can do at home. It gives some anticipation for the weekends instead of doing homework day in and day out and repeating the same week over and over again.”

For others, they lacked the energy during quarantine to accomplish a lot in the pandemic. Some students regret not taking full advantage of their days. Sophomore Brooke Scanlan mentions, “One thing I wish I had done differently during quarantine is developing better habits as opposed to letting the day go by.”  

Although concern and worry plagued many, the pandemic also made students appreciate the little things. Students became aware of how critical friends and family health are and to never take them for granted. Sophomore Mason Vacca says, “My family and I have always been close, but during quarantine, we surround ourselves with each other, finding new things to do at every moment. I believe it made us realize how much we mean to each other. It pushed us to reach out and check in on our grandparents or others at higher risk.”

Ultimately, a time of isolation brought the community closer. Junior Grace Prouty said, “The pandemic showed me that not everyone is as fortunate as others, and also how great my community is. So many people needed help during this pandemic, and so many communities/people stepped up to try and help them.”

Woodgrove students come together to celebrate the football game against Loudoun Valley pre-corona. (Photo provided by Riley Castellano.)

 

Students Kayla Norsworthy and Rachel Schneeberg begin hybrid learning with post stage corona restrictions, it being a year since pre corona schooling. (Photo provided by Virginia Walker.)