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50 silver linings of the pandemic

25 advantages of online school your normal side enjoys compared to 25 advantages your “inner-MVHS student” enjoys

January 19, 2021

Nearly a year has passed since distance learning began in March of 2020, and students have adapted to receiving an education that is entirely online. While there have been countless complaints and criticisms about remote learning, many students have discovered certain perks as well.

Regular side

  1. Scrolling through social media while in a Zoom meeting
  2. Texting your classmate about something funny happening in class
  3. Reuniting online with an old family friend who had moved away
  4. Having easy access to a restroom whenever
  5. Wearing pajamas all day, including in class
  6. Seeing your family members from across the world in a Zoom call without having to visit in-person
  7. Waking up right before school starts and getting an extra hour of sleep
  8. Meeting a new friend from across the country through Among Us
  9. Spending asynchronous Wednesdays binge-watching your favorite show
  10. Not needing to carry your backpack around campus
  11. Having extra time between classes to eat a snack
  12. Having fewer tests
  13. Turning your video off because you’re making breakfast
  14. Having your dog in your lap during class
  15. Having more time to relax
  16. Video-calling your friends to watch a movie together
  17. Joining a Zoom call while walking your dog
  18. No longer needing to rush around campus in the cold rain
  19. Secretly falling asleep in class because you’re bored
  20. Not needing to wait in line for the cafeteria
  21. Watching YouTube during class
  22. Having extra time to learn how to bake
  23. Bonding with your family by playing board games
  24. Having lower standards for participation in certain classes
  25. Attending school from your bed

MVHS side

  1. Doing your homework while in a Zoom meeting
  2. Texting your classmate to check your answers during class
  3. Reuniting online with a friend you met during an academic summer program
  4. Having easy access to all your textbooks whenever
  5. Saving time by not having to change out of pajamas
  6. Attending a Zoom webinar about your dream college without having to visit in-person
  7. Waking up right before school starts and getting one hour of sleep
  8. Meeting a professor from across the country for research
  9. Spending asynchronous Wednesdays previewing for your next classes
  10. Not needing to carry your backpack around campus while simultaneously holding ACT Prep books
  11. Having extra time between classes to stay behind and talk with your teacher about the homework
  12. Having fewer group projects
  13. Turning your video off because you’re studying last-minute for a test
  14. Having your SAT textbook in your lap during class
  15. Having more time for extracurriculars
  16. Video-calling your friends to prepare for your next club meeting together
  17. Joining a Zoom call from the food pantry where you volunteer
  18. No longer needing to protect your textbooks from the rain
  19. Secretly falling asleep in class because you pulled an all-nighter
  20. Not needing to wait for an available computer at the library
  21. Watching a video lecture during class
  22. Having extra time to take an online college course
  23. Bonding with your family by watching an informative documentary
  24. Raising your hand virtually without your arm getting tired
  25. Attending school from your new desk

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