Learning under Lockdown #1
A essay by 6th former Thabo K Mbatha
“Learning under Lockdown”, a term I never imagined I would ever write about. This is an unexpected, challenging and unfamiliar time for all of us. Initially, this was an emotionally draining situation. The thought of being away from my friends for so long was depressing and having to learn all by myself seemed impossible. All seemed lost, in a world where the absence of hope was becoming the norm.
Initially, learning from home was extremely challenging. My school provided all the resources to continue learning online, however getting started proved to be the most challenging task. Discipline was proving to be vital now more than ever. I found myself doing nothing of benefit to my academics for a good three four days. Fortunately, I made the decision to draw up a detailed daily timetable to add some structure to my family routine. Ever since I made this decision at an early stage… I have been extremely productive every day. This allowed me to have a structure similar to that of a normal school day and increased my productivity levels immensely. I have found that I never fall behind on my work and I never put myself under unnecessary pressure. Being productive has not only helped me academically, it has helped to alleviate stress in my life and I have found myself in a good space mentally and emotionally.
One of the most important things that I have realised is that good discipline and work ethic would never have been enough to get through this challenging time. One of the biggest contributors to my progress and growth in this time has been my family. They have made a remarkable effort in making sure that I have the best learning environment. They have made many sacrifices in ensuring that I have no distractions to my work at all times. Such support has been vital in everything that I have done during this lockdown.
At the end of the day, the lockdown has really helped me grow as a person. I have been able to grow both mentally and emotionally. I have learnt to cherish the moments in between my study sessions, the smile on my mother’s face when I emerge from underneath the pile of work, or the smell of the cake my sister is baking to pass the time. It is these moments away from the books, that have motivated me to play my part and do my best when I knuckle down and work hard. When all is said and done, we have got to let go of what things could’ve been like and accept what things are really like in order to excel and make the most of the cards we’ve been dealt.