While walking through Wilson Hall, you may notice students roaming the halls with their heads faced down and noise-cancelling AirPods jammed into their ears. There is even the occasional moment when two students collide as they walk in opposite directions, both students glued to their screens and ignorant to their surroundings.
After battling quarantine, virtual school, and limited interaction with peers throughout the last few years, we encourage you all to appreciate the loosened restrictions allowing all of us to interact with each other throughout the school day. YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify can wait. Instead of indulging in these various platforms during lunch blocks, free periods, and passing time, find somebody to talk to. Go to the community room. Sit in one of the eight lounge chairs and interact with peers. Or, stay at lunch for a little longer and catch up with your friends. Even better, try and talk to some kids you have not yet spoken to.
Underclassmen, we understand your frustrations regarding a lack of a “normal” high school experience. But, some of your complaints are unwarranted given the circumstances. Even though it is not ideal that you all are eating outside every day, look at the bright side of the situation; upperclassmen are only allowed four people at a table indoors, while you all can gather with as large of a group as you want outside. Take advantage of that time to get to know your classmates. Take your AirPods out. Put your phone in your pocket. And talk to each other.
Because, down the road, what is more important: having listened to your Spotify playlist on repeat or having a group of best friends by your side?
We all have an opportunity to form lifelong, meaningful relationships here. So, when you walk across the stage as a Sixth Former, you should be able to safely say that you did all in your power to immerse yourself into the community. Because, down the road, what is more important: having listened to your Spotify playlist on repeat or having a group of best friends by your side?