Patriot Press Editors and Writers Journal Their Distance Learning and Social Distancing Experiences

Patriot Press Editors and Writers Journal Their Distance Learning and Social Distancing Experiences

Alexa Soroka, senior editor, – 3/20/20

Day 2 of distance learning, day 6 of social distancing! Online schooling is not as bad as expected, and not having designated homework is a plus. Luckily, my parents can work from home and my brother is home from college due to the pandemic, so we get to spend extra time together. Although I do miss being able to leave the house..


Lily Waterman, junior editor,  3/20/20

This morning was a very interesting morning for me: I was completely bombarded with work I felt I didn’t have enough time to complete and got extremely stressed out. I spent from 7am to 4pm doing work that I felt was a lot more than normal classes. But, I finished everything on time and at the end of the “school” day, I got to do some fun things I haven’t had the time to. I went for a run with my dad around Pines Lake with my dog, I got to read for fun for the first time in forever, and I got to play around with painting, and spend time with my sister (who is a RN at St. Joes in Paterson dealing with a lot of Coronavirus stuff)! Overall, although social distancing is hard and socializing is fun, it is super important to help everyone get healthy! 


This week was a LOT easier to handle than last week. I feel like I can do what I want throughout the day without feeling too much stress about school. I watched a lot of The Office today and worked out outside. I really want this to end, but I know it is important that everyone stays inside. Especially watching my sister come back and forth from the hospital for her night shifts, I have a new appreciation for the healthcare field. 

Sophia Kim 3/23/20

It can get a little frustrating at times because when you’re stuck on something, it could take a while for some teachers to get back to you and explain. On the brig

Jimmy He, senior editor, 3/21/20

All of my teachers are pretty on top of posting work, but I think the hardest part of social distancing is not being able to hang out with the people I usually do on the weekends and go to places I would normally go to. On the bright side, I’m saving a lot of money, but it’s hard when you’re so used to interacting with people in person each day. Video chats and calls help connect me with the outside world socially, but all in all, I’m just hoping Corona blows over sooner than later so we can all get along with our lives.


I think that as the days pass in quarantine, we’re becoming more and more aware of the possibility of distance learning carrying out until the end of the school year. As a senior, this is pretty disappointing because there are so many events I was looking forward to and people that I won’t be able to spend as much time as I would’ve liked before we all go to college. The band Disney trip to Florida got canceled last week, which sucks, and right now I’m really hoping that we’ll still be able to have prom.

AFI, assistant senior editor,  3/22/20

Today, it’s my best friend’s birthday. It’s hard not being able to see her and celebrate her special day with her. But I’m able to facetime her so it’s not so bad. I don’t mind the distance learning either because I have more time for myself and am able to do some hobbies that I wouldn’t have time for on a normal day. Overall, it’s a little stressful because I want to take the necessary precautions to keep my family safe but don’t want to be paranoid either.