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The Lessons of Online Schooling

How COVID taught me to live in the moment

The transition to online schooling brought about a bunch of challenges for me as a high school student. Disrupting a familiar routine of classroom learning and constant social interactions. For me, navigating the virtual landscape became a very defining experience, shaping not only my academic habits and endeavors but also unveiling a valuable life lesson about the importance of living in the present moment. 

The abrupt shift to online learning was marked by a sense of social disconnection and isolation. The once-filled hallways and vibrant classrooms were replaced by virtual platforms, where faces on screens became the new normal. Adjusting to this change, I found myself constantly looking in the past for what I was missing, the human interactions and camaraderie that surrounded everyone at school. 

Adapting to the virtual learning environment was challenging for me. I found it difficult to stay engaged during virtual learning due to my desire to always move on to the next assignment. The unstructured nature of online learning allowed me to move at my own pace which was both a blessing and a curse. Assignments I once completed with other students, now felt much less fulfilling due to the lack of peer collaboration. I began to delve into the future to hope to return to a typical learning environment and this focus on the future became a persistent distraction, hindering my ability to focus on the present moment. 

It was in the middle of the monotonous schooling of online classes that a realization came to me. The importance of living in the present moment. I recognized that constantly dwelling on the past and anxiously anticipating the future was robbing me of the typical opportunities and experiences that high school holds. This awakening caused me to consciously redirect my effort to living in the now. 

Mindfulness became a powerful tool in breaking free from focusing on uncontrollable aspects of my life. I began to incorporate the occasional mindfulness activity into my daily routines. Looking back now, the newfound focus on day-to-day experiences allowed me to appreciate the unique aspects of online learning. 

The lessons I learned during COVID-19 extended beyond academics as well. I realized that living in the moment is not just about adapting to the current circumstances of my life, it is a lifelong skill that I can use to further my professional life after high school. It is about finding contentment in the journey, building resilience, and fostering meaningful connections. 

Overall, my experience through online school was not just an academic chapter, it was a transformative mindset experience that taught me the importance of living in the present moment. As I move forward in life this lesson will prove important in my ability to navigate life, deal with stressful situations, and will continue to shape my perspective. In a world that is quickly evolving, the wisdom I have gained through this period in my life will undoubtedly influence my life and ability to succeed in the future. 

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