The Firsts for Freshmen

My Interview with two Freshmen about the Start of School with Online Learning

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Brooklyn Plitz

        I remember my freshman year of high school, and I remember being so nervous and so stressed I could only imagine how these freshmen are feeling when they had to start their first of many years of high school online. I went around and asked two freshmen how they feel, here are a few things they had to say:  

Interview with Olivia Amore (2024 graduate) 

BP: What are your thoughts on this whole online situation? 

OA: “I’m excited to be back and in high school, but I’m a little bummed out that we can’t be in person.” 

BP: Do you think online school is more or less stressful for your first year of high school? 

OA: “I think it is less stressful because I am in the comfort of my own home and the workload isn’t as much.” 

BP: “Did you ever expect your first year of high school to be like this? 

OA: “I neverrr expected it to be like this. I was preparing to be running around a big building and meeting a bunch of new people. It’s definitely different.”  

BP: “What have you had to do differently in order to succeed so far during virtual learning? 

OA: “I’ve had to be a lot more organized and take more notes in order to stay focused and be prepared.” 

BP: “Do you think online learning has made your time management better or worse? 

OA: “I think online school has made my time management a lot better because I don’t procrastinate as much as I did in school.” 

BP: Is it hard to stay focused while teachers lecture? 

OA: “I will admit it is a little hard to stay focused during lessons, but I try to keep in mind that even though I’m in my room, I’m still in school.”  

BP: In your own opinion, what has made a big difference (good or bad) in your ability to succeed? 

OA: “I’ve had to make many changes in my organizing and planning in hopes to keep everything in order. It was a lot easier to do in school, so I had to work hard.” 

BP: “Do you get ready for the day in the morning or do you roll out of bed ten minutes before bed school and turning on your computer for classes? 

OA: “I usually wake up forty-five minutes before class to have my morning coffee and get dressed lol.”  

Olivia Amore

Interview with Mea Lumetta (2024 graduate) 

BP: “What are your thoughts on this whole online situation? 

ML: “I don’t really like it, it has some good parts but some bad parts, I wish that we could be back at school.” 

BP: Do you think online school is more or less stressful for your first year of high school? 

ML: “I think it is less stressful because you don’t have to actually see other people that you don’t know yet.” 

BP: “Did you ever expect your first year of high school to be like this? 

ML: “No, I thought I would actually be in school.” 

BP: “What have you had to do differently in order to succeed so far during virtual learning? 

ML: “I’ve had to make sure that where I’m working in my house is quiet so I can focus.” 

BP: “Do you think online learning has made your time management better or worse? 

ML: “Probably worse because I’m basically sitting in the same spot all day looking at a screen.” 

BP: “Is it hard to stay focused while teachers lecture? 

ML: Yes, because I’m in my own house and at home you have a lot of things that can distract you.”  

BP: “In your own opinion, what has made a big difference (good or bad) in your ability to succeed? 

ML: “The thing that made the biggest difference is taking a test on the laptop that we would usually be able to take on paper because when it’s on the computer it’s out of order.” 

BP: “Do you get ready for the day in the morning or do you roll out of bed ten minutes before bed school and turning on your computer for classes? 

ML: “I wake up ten minutes before class because nobody is going to see how I look anyway.”  

Mea Lumetta