Time for school
By Sonam Kaloti, Arts Editor
There were parts to school that made going a little easier. Whether that may be the simple things like nice weather or friends, many of us have had to suck it up and get our education regardless of COVID. It’s harder to see the beauty of the world when we’re cooped up inside our bedrooms on Zoom. Luckily, this won’t last forever since nothing does. Here’s a timeline for what we could look forward to once this era resides only in history books.
Waking up in the early morning. The birds have barely awoken. The stillness in the world fills you with peace and comfort. You open your blind and a few rays of the sun greet you. Even the sun itself hasn’t woken up yet. You see dewdrops on the grass through your fogged up window. Drawing a smiley face, you reflect off the window as though it’s a mirror. Yawning, you make your bed. Good morning world!
Having woken into the world a tad earlier than usual, you take an extra second to enjoy the scenery. You’ve sat and drank your coffee, had your fill of breakfast, gotten ready, and feel good about yourself. Your plants are watered and happy. Gratitude is written into your journal, and your to-do lists are ready to go.
You drive over Port Mann Bridge to get to your first class at the Douglas Coquitlam campus. You love driving here because the bridge has big lanes, and the view is incredible. It’s a little cloudy, but the blue sky is still peeking out for now.
Classes in Coquitlam are done for today, but that doesn’t mean the day is over. You head outside. Oh—it looks like the clouds caught up after all. The smell of fresh rain on concrete fills you with joy despite having not brought an umbrella today. At least you have a hood.
You drive back towards home since you have some time before your next class at the New West campus. You pick up your best friend and decide to go study together at the library. It’s been a while since you’ve seen each other, so you goof off outside a little more than usual.
Inside though, it’s calm and the energy is invigorating. There are focused students studying all around and you could hear a pin drop between the page turns. You and your friend don’t talk much since you both had a lot of work to do, but by the end of your study session you’ve both successfully completed your work and feel accomplished. Once you’ve caught up a bit, it’s time to get going back to school.
You wait for the SkyTrain. The rain stopped and the sky seems to have cleared up a bit. Here’s hoping it’s sunny tomorrow.
All your classes are over. You head into the New West concourse and look out to the sunset. It’s empty and quiet and for a moment it feels like COVID again, but all your worries are at rest when you remember that it will be bustling once again tomorrow morning. For now, it’s time to go home.