I've always wanted to stay home from school,
I'm required to now, because we're in the middle of a world-wide pandemic,
Before this virus happened, I'd never even heard that word,
I guess you could say I'm not much of an academic.
Now, the entire world is suffering from COVID-19,
People are staying home all over H-town,
We've all been asked to self-quarantine,
To stay safe during our global lock-down.
We're all having to cover our faces with masks,
We're all now constantly washing our hands,
The government sent out stimulus checks,
To help families with financial demands.
Extracurricular activities have all stopped,
There's no theater or sports of any type,
So, instead of swimming during swim team practices,
I'm doing push-ups and running in place using Skype.
My parents now work from home,
They sit all day on conferences and Zoom meetings,
Everyone in my family needs bigger clothes,
Because of our scheduled and unscheduled eatings.
Even though I like being home in my pajamas,
I'm actually starting to get concerned about my grades,
My parents are so busy with their own work,
My hope of passing my classes, each day slowly fades.
I've never been great at schoolwork,
Now, I have to do everything online using my computer,
I'm not allowed to be around anyone else,
Not even my excellent, and very well-paid tutor.
My mom says she doesn't know how to help me,
Because my assignments are way above her,
I'm simply getting so far behind now,
That I'm worried there's no way for my grades to recover.
So, if anyone wants my opinion,
I'll tell them I'm not a fan of remote learning,
I think online school doesn't work for me,
In fact, I think I've done more unlearning than learning.
I'm lucky that during this pandemic,
I've been fortunate enough to have a great teacher,
Who's helped me each and every time,
I took the time to reach out and reach her.
But, I'm ready for this virus to go away,
Online school has caused me to feel so much dumber,
I simply cannot wait for this year to end,
I wonder how many more days it is until summer!
By Tiffani Jaqua
Counselor, The Woodlands High School