Day in the Life of Online School


Ali Norris

My favorite part of online school is the flexibility it gives me to take breaks and do things I normally wouldn’t be able to do during school.

In January, if someone had told me that by the end of the year, I would be doing school from bed in my pajamas, I would have laughed. Now, like many students, my days look completely different as I enjoy the perks of online school.
My mornings have been the most different from before; I used to wake up at 6 AM and have to rush to get out of the door at a decent time. Looking back, I have no idea why it took me so long, getting ready was an almost two-hour process.
Now, I simply roll out of bed anytime between 7 and 7:50, wash my face, brush my teeth and hair, and, only about half of the days, change into leggings and a hoodie. Freshman year me, who tried way too hard to look nice every day, would be disgusted by the fact that most days I do school in my pajamas.
After spending minimal time getting ready, I go right back to my bed to open up my computer and start my classes.
The first few classes of the day are not too different from when I am in school. The only difference is that now when I am done early I get to leave class, which gives me extra time to do whatever I feel like before my next class starts.
I take my extra time in between classes to do things I normally would not be able to do while at school, like let my dogs outside or bake banana bread with my sister.
My fifth hour is newspaper, and we rarely have Zoom meetings, so the only task I have to do during class time is an attendance survey. Some days, I use that time to write articles or schedule interviews but most of the time, I leave that work for the afternoon and use the morning to finish assignments for other classes.
Because my 6th hour is sandwiched between two classes that I rarely have to attend in the morning, I occasionally lose track of time and remember to get online right as class starts. Besides the fact that this sometimes causes me to be a little late to Pathways, not having Zoom sessions all morning is one of my favorite parts of online school.
Seventh hour (yearbook) is very similar to newspaper. I usually do not have Zoom sessions, so I postpone my work for that class and finish up as much of my afternoon work for other classes as possible so that after lunch I can focus on the classes I really enjoy.
Occasionally, if I’m tired of staring at a screen and need a break from being in my house all day, my sister and I will take extra time between classes to go to Starbucks. Being able to take a break from school and go somewhere in the middle of the day is the thing I will miss most when we return to in-person schooling.
Though sometimes I wish we had more time as a class with our teachers, one of the benefits of school at home is self-paced work during the afternoons and on Wednesdays. Because I finish all my non-media work in the morning, my afternoons typically consist of writing an article and/or designing a page of the yearbook while watching T.V.
Although some may think that having a show on while working is distracting, for me it is quite the opposite. Usually, I write my articles in Haddad’s classroom, where silence is odd and at any given time there are at least three separate conversations going on at one table. Being at home where all I hear is trucks driving down my street, having something to listen to while working definitely helps.
While I do miss being in school, I have definitely been taking advantage of every perk that online school gives me. Though it will be difficult to start waking up at 6 AM again, I will continue to use online school to my advantage because, hopefully, it will only be temporary.