Navigating Virtual Learning

As a graduating senior who spent their freshman and sophomore years attending school virtually, I can attest to the unique challenges that Covid-19 has presented to students like myself. While the pandemic has affected all seniors in some way, those of us who were virtual during our early high school years have faced additional obstacles and hurdles.

One of the most significant impacts of the pandemic on virtual students has been the loss of socialization opportunities. I can say that it was often difficult to connect with my peers and teachers on a meaningful level. While I was able to communicate with them virtually, it was not the same as being in the same room and having face-to-face interactions. This lack of socialization can have long-term effects on mental health and overall well-being.

Another challenge that virtual students have faced is a lack of access to resources and support. In-person students have access to various resources such as guidance counselors, extracurricular activities, and hands-on learning experiences that virtual students may not have. This lack of support can put virtual students at a disadvantage when it comes to college admissions and future job opportunities.

Despite these challenges, virtual students have shown remarkable resilience and adaptability. We have had to learn to navigate virtual learning platforms and adjust to a new way of attending school. We have also found creative ways to connect with our peers and teachers, such as organizing virtual study groups and participating in online extracurricular activities.

As we approach the end of our senior year, it is important to recognize the unique challenges that virtual students have faced and overcome. We have proven that we are capable of adapting to change and thriving in uncertain circumstances. While the pandemic has presented us with numerous obstacles, we have shown that we are more than capable of rising to the occasion and achieving success in the face of adversity.