The 2020-2021 school year plan has been making it difficult for freshmen transitioning from middle school to Notre Dame. The COVID-19 procedures have taken over the world and this is no ordinary time to live in.

In a normal world, freshmen get to come to school, meet new friends, and learn in a natural environment. However, that is not the case for this year. NDP freshman, Leanna Kierein had a few thoughts on this topic. “My concerns are that if we stay in the hybrid model for the rest of the school year, I won’t get to meet as many new friends as I could going to regular school,” Kierein said. Sophomores, juniors and seniors have all had the opportunity to get to know their classmates from previous years. 

Freshmen have come into a new school with new people and an extra load of stress. Though, there are ways to meet new people. “I would advise them to get involved in the school meaning sports and clubs,” said Kierein. She is on the Varsity Pom team this year and says it can really help you meet new people. 

Kids have to sit in front of their computer or at a desk for 80 minutes at a time making it harder to pay attention. NDP freshmen, Shea Driscoll, gave his input on the problems the Class of 2024 are facing. “Online school has been really boring and it’s been harder to retain information. All you do all day is sit in a chair,” Driscoll said. It is going to be harder to keep up with one’s grades due to the lack of attention being given. Being in person has helped students interact with each other more and grow individually. 

Also, technology has been a hassle to deal with as well as the online aspect of learning. NDP english teacher, Ryan Pefley took time out of his day to share his thoughts. “I think that some of the freshmen are having a pretty easy time, especially those with older siblings. A majority of them are having an awkward time due to most not knowing each other. Some are having trouble adjusting to being online in general,” said Pefley. Learning to work with new technology can not be an easy task but can be taught with time. 

The 2020-2021 school year plan has been making it difficult for freshmen transitioning from middle school to Notre Dame. The COVID-19 procedures have taken over the world and this is no ordinary time to live in.

In a normal world, freshmen get to come to school, meet new friends, and learn in a natural environment. However, that is not the case for this year. NDP freshman, Leanna Kierein had a few thoughts on this topic. “My concerns are that if we stay in the hybrid model for the rest of the school year, I won’t get to meet as many new friends as I could going to regular school,” Kierein said. Sophomores, juniors and seniors have all had the opportunity to get to know their classmates from previous years. 

Freshmen have come into a new school with new people and an extra load of stress. Though, there are ways to meet new people. “I would advise them to get involved in the school meaning sports and clubs,” said Kierein. She is on the Varsity Pom team this year and says it can really help you meet new people. 

Kids have to sit in front of their computer or at a desk for 80 minutes at a time making it harder to pay attention. NDP freshmen, Shea Driscoll, gave his input on the problems the Class of 2024 are facing. “Online school has been really boring and it’s been harder to retain information. All you do all day is sit in a chair,” Driscoll said. It is going to be harder to keep up with one’s grades due to the lack of attention being given. Being in person has helped students interact with each other more and grow individually. 

Also, technology has been a hassle to deal with as well as the online aspect of learning. NDP english teacher, Ryan Pefley took time out of his day to share his thoughts. “I think that some of the freshmen are having a pretty easy time, especially those with older siblings. A majority of them are having an awkward time due to most not knowing each other. Some are having trouble adjusting to being online in general,” said Pefley. Learning to work with new technology can not be an easy task but can be taught with time. 

Although kids may be having a hard time with not knowing each other, there is a bright side. “On the positive, it is going to force them to make new friends or have the opportunity to make new friends,” said Pefley. In the end, everyone hopes that the school year will be a success.