Submitted by Archie from William Ellis High School in London.
I've never felt more alone. I look at this situation like a big dark storm cloud. You know the ones in cartoons? Where a small storm cloud follows the character wherever they go? They even try and get an umbrella out, and the cloud strikes them with lightning. That's this year in a nutshell: Whenever we try to move on from a problem, a bigger problem comes along. Like putting up an umbrella and getting struck by lightning. I think the weirdest thing about all of this is how we have normalized it into our lives so quickly without barely any thought. Most of (if not all) of us are now social distancing and taking online classes. Imagine us talking about this last year. We would've thought that would be brilliant! To quote the office:"How the turn tables.". What scares me the most about this is the fact that this system may be the future of our education for the next foreseeable future, and sitting behind a screen getting forced superficial information is not education. Education is communicating with fellow peers and teachers and enjoying the lesson you are lucky enough to be receiving, whilst making childhood memories and friends that you will cherish until the day you die. I don't know about you, but I don't want my final moments reminiscing about the time I faced timed my friends on a laggy computer learning chemistry with that really annoying teacher that you don't know really know why you hate but you hate them anyway. I guess I'm afraid of the future of this year. By the looks of things, we'll be spending our summer indoors. But hey! At least football is returning in April!