A Time of Needing a Message From You

Steven Torres, Staff Writer

It’s the same day every day. Wake up, get on the zoom call for my classes, eat, do homework, and go to bed. It feels like an endless cycle as if you were staring at that boring old clock in your classroom as time slowly passes by. The quarantine and social distance learning has hit me with the fact that we need to talk to people. That is the lack of social interaction.

I would always wake up tired, not enthusiastic about going to school but my friends were there to make the experience better. Walking passed my friends in the cool and dull hallway while saying ¨What’s up bro?¨ as I gave them a handshake with their rough skin. I didn’t think these simple things that you´re very used to would create such a big impact. It’s very corny of me to say ¨Enjoy the little things,¨ but you really do. You start to feel lonely.

According to a news website states  “The coronavirus pandemic is making many teens feel lonely. About four in  10 teens (42%) feel “more lonely than usual” right now—nearly the same number as those who say they feel “about as lonely as usual” (43%). Girls are more likely than boys to say they feel more lonely than usual (49% vs 36%)” (Bloomberg, “New Survey Reveals Teens’ Anxieties, How They’re Staying Connected, and Their Struggles with Distance Learning Amid the Coronavirus”).

 Going inside my small, air-conditioned classrooms with a flat and cold desk while sitting next to the people I enjoy being with has made me miss school greatly. I am a bit shy, but once I get to know someone I don´t stop babbling to them during class which they don’t seem to mind. At least, I hope they don’t. It certainly made the class go by quicker knowing that there were people surrounding you have to learn some new equation on that white, glossy, bright whiteboard. That is no longer the case.

It´s black screens now, with a name, and a face that hasn’t been identified this whole school year as of now. Not even the people I was used to seeing every day before distance learning and who I have in my class right now, I haven’t even seen them. They are merely that dark screen with their first and last name in white text. It just isn’t the same where you can get up and have small talk with them as you go to pick up some warm, black and white worksheet the teacher has just printed.

The only friends I truly talk to on a daily basis are my friends, Salvador and Darelle. We go to an app called Discord. It’s just like any other group call app but we use it out of preference. 

¨What´s up Sal!¨

¨What´s up Steven? You wanna play Call of Duty or something?¨

¨Yeah, tell Darelle to hop on so we can run a three-man group.¨

I have friends on social media that I have the urge to message, but I don’t, out of fear I’ll bother them and the only thing I´ll see on my bright screen is ¨Seen: One-hour ago¨. 

I have slowly been starting to talk to the same people I haven’t seen in months which makes me happy. It’s good to know that you’re acknowledging each other, even if it’s the simple text of ¨Hey, what did the teacher say? I wasn’t paying attention.¨ At least it brings back the experience where you go up to someone after class and ask the same question. 

I don´t know how much longer this social distance learning will be, and I don’t know when I´ll get to walk into a classroom, tired, seeing exhausted classmates. What I do know is that a lot of people are experiencing the same thing right now, wanting to see someone who they are used to. I think a lot of people just need a text message right now saying ¨Hey, what´s up?¨