Special thanks to Christian ’21 for sharing his virtual learning experience.
Unprecedented: I think we can all agree it’s the buzzword of 2020. With schools suddenly going virtual, this rare time in our lives is one we will never forget. Marist transitioned to virtual learning for term three, and as a junior, I can say Marist’s approach proved to be successful.
Of course, it was difficult not being on campus. Not seeing my friends every morning in the junior parking lot, my teachers at the front of the classroom, and my classmates throughout the day was a struggle for me and the entire Marist Fam. While my heart goes out to our seniors, the Class of 2020, who spent their final term at Marist at home, I am proud of our entire Marist community for continuing to work hard and carry on like War Eagles do.
For daily classes, we modified our schedule to have 90-minute classes, four on Tuesdays and Thursdays and three on Wednesdays and Fridays. I enjoyed logging into Google Meet for each class to see my teachers and classmates face to face. It added structure and value to my days when I began to forget what day it was. Mondays were Asynchronous Learning Days, which I loved. We logged into Google Meet in the morning for advisory/homeroom, and then we had the rest of the day to catch up on assignments, attend virtual tutorial, and take advantage of programming, such as college counseling meetings, student council meetings, and virtual prayer services.
While much changed with the shift to virtual learning, much also remained the same. We still prayed at the start of each day and at the beginning of every class. We continued to learn new concepts, complete homework, and take tests. We connected with each other. For example, my friends and I continued our tradition of eating lunch in Alumni Plaza by FaceTiming during lunch every day.
During this stressful time, Marist has remained a constant, and our school community has never been stronger. While we all feel blessed to have had such a positive virtual learning experience, we remain hopeful to be back on campus together this fall!