“You don’t realize what you have until you don’t have it anymore.” Walking up and down those hallways, socially interacting with the same people every day, and all in all, having something you are so used to just taken from you, really makes you realize how much you miss it.
Walking the halls of Rock Island High School is annoying 100% of the time. You’ve got the loud obnoxious kids that waste time in the halls, talking rather than actually getting to class. You’ve got the kids that walk slowly and don’t understand there are people behind them that are going from one side of the building to the other. Lastly, you have the people that are at their lockers with everything they own taking up half of the hallway. While being quarantined, I’ve realized that those moments stressing, if I’m going to make it to class on time, or if I have enough time to stop at my locker for a snack is something you don’t forget, and is just another pile of memories.
Socially interacting with classmates, teachers, security guards, and administrators is the majority of what you do at school. Building those bonds over the 4 years you spend at the high school isn’t something that you just forget. After spending so much time away from the people that you are used to interacting with every day, you realize that the relationship that you’ve created with those people are so much more than just a daily conversation.
Every day we dread waking up early to get to school on time, we struggle getting our work done while managing sports, work, and our social lives at home, we pray for 4 day weeks and half days. Most of us would do anything to get called out of class, but I’m positive at least 90% of students at Rock Island High School would go back to school tomorrow if we could.
The way I view school has changed dramatically during this pandemic. Being unable to go to school has helped me see all the good things about school that I have never seen before.