Semester Reflection

Jacob Nguyen

In the midst of a pandemic, there were changes that were more significant than any other time of my life. Changes such as masks and online services have now become the norm in our everyday life. 

At the beginning of the school year, changes were evident. Classes that were being taken in the first quarter were required to be online. For many, this would be the second time having classes online due to the quarantine in the last quarter of the 2019-2020 school year. However, classes beginning in this school year had live meet sessions, something that I have never had before. This was also new for many of the teachers hosting the classes. Assignments and tests were done on google docs and forms. Sometimes, I was put in groups to do assignments or tests in breakout rooms. In-class activities involved online websites that allowed interaction between students and teachers. 

Between classes, we were sometimes allowed extra freetime after the live session was over. I felt pretty happy that I could just do all of the work from my classes without leaving my home, and I preferred it over normal schooling. So when I was done with classes, I could spend some time at home on any hobbies before the next class.

After the end of the quarter, we had one week of fall break before coming back to in-person schooling. With this transition, safety measures were introduced with the main example being masks and using hand sanitizer in between classes. Classes were mostly normal as they were last year with just the addition of safety measures and everyday block schedules. But because of the transition back to in-person classes, it was inevitable that some people would get sick. A few weeks ago, I was quarantined due to being exposed by someone in the class. Luckily, I was able to come back with no symptoms. 

As we slowly transition to the end of the year, I hope that we will soon be able to receive the virus vaccine in the upcoming months. We all have to do our part in social distancing as the vaccine becomes more and more developed.