Students Make Most of Quarantine Downtime

The Peninsula Pulse has dedicated a page in each issue from April 24 – May 22 for the students of each Door County high school. This week we feature the work of Sevastopol student journalists.

by McKenzie Wiesner, Junior, Co-editor, The Pioneer Chips

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced students into new lifestyles. Homes have been converted to schools; students are learning completely online; and interactions with others are few.

Spending hours cooped up with limited physical contact, students have done everything possible to stave off boredom. A survey of 108 students at Sevastopol indicated the top-five most common activities are:

  1. Doing homework
  2. Going on phones to keep busy
  3. Watching movies and TV
  4. Sleeping
  5. Working out

Even with sports ending, students are still working to stay in shape to prepare for next year. Activities such as running and home workouts have taken the place of the precious seasons that athletes are missing. But nonetheless, spirits are still high.

“I have accepted that we must move forward, and [I] have been reminding myself to appreciate this as a great moment to train harder for my final year of cross-country and track,” junior Kylie Newton said. “Getting miles in has been a great stress reliever, and I believe it’s important to use this seemingly dark time to make the most of our abilities.” 

In addition, students have also looked to their phones for connections to the outside world. The use of streaming platforms has given students methods to support one another and keep in touch with friends and family members.

As a testament to individuality, students have taken up activities such as painting rocks, learning new languages and blacksmithing. Freshman Alana Rabach has been painting images on stones. 

“It’s something my parents introduced to me,” Rabach said. “I love finding a rock and making something out of it. It allows my creative side to take over.” 

Wishing to generate a more positive atmosphere, Rabach places her colorful crafts on the beach, conveying the message that there is good to come out of even the most dire situations.

Junior Mikkel Phillips has combined his enjoyment of being outside with his love of creating to fabricate things such as hooks and knives through blacksmithing. 

Although there are many things students are missing because of the current situation, there are also many opportunities they’re taking advantage of, such as being able to pursue their interests. Students may not be physically in the school, but they’re still learning and creating.