If you asked me three weeks ago what I would be doing now, I would have said, I don’t know, probably school, preparing for various extracurriculars or hanging out with friends?
But that is not the case since Coronavirus has hit. Schools are closed, Shuls are shutting down and we have started online learning.
Overall, it is not bad at all. Getting used to learning over Zoom is a process for everyone, but it’s not that different than learning in class. Students listen to the teacher, get homework and then you do it. The hardest part for me is not seeing my friends at school. I did not realize how hard it would be to not see people for a while.
Shabbos is also harder. Not going to shul, if that is what you are accustomed to doing, is very unnerving. But we made the best of it, by davening at home, taking walks, playing games and having long conversations.
Overall, the Coronavirus is affecting our community, but thank God not in a terrible way. While the new changes take some time to get used to, they are not bad and if this will keep people safe and prevent the spread of the virus, it is definitely the right route to take.
Hannah Munk is a sophomore at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School For Girls in Teaneck, N.J.