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PERSPECTIVE: The Impact of School Departure on a Freshman
Nathaniel Smart

After spending about two weeks on Baylor's distance learning protocol, I’ve come to some conclusions about it.

First, I find that I have a lot more work than I realized. Every morning I wake up and check my email and MyBaylor to find several new assignments, all due the next day at 8:00 in the morning, so they must all be done that day. But aside from the homework, my days have mostly included playing video games, both alone, and online. Being that many other schools are also out, it has fostered a better online community, at least in my experience. I’ve been playing video games like Minecraft, Stardew Valley, and Crusader Kings 2 with people I’d normally not have the chance to play with because of school and time zone differences. This has been one of the major benefits of social distancing - I’ve made friends that I may not have made otherwise. 

As for my personal feelings of the social distancing, they’re mixed. On one hand, it’s a bummer that there’s been an entire month where I haven’t seen my friends in person and have been doing lots of work at home. And as the work increases, my motivation to complete diminishes. And it diminishes even further when I look at the news and realize we’re not going to go back to Baylor for the remainder of the school year. It is an odd concept that I’ll be spending the last months of my freshman year at home, having school entirely through my laptop. But on the other hand, it has been nice not to have to wake up and good to spend more time at home, doing things I enjoy. This entire situation is not the most ideal of scenarios and could definitely be improved, but it’s what we’ve got, so we must work with it.

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