Boarders from The Bolles School, and I am sure around the world too, are all too familiar with teleporting across dimensions of the multiverse.
From stepping onto the airplane on a cold, snowy evening and arriving in the middle of a sweltering day in Jacksonville, it could not get closer to transporting to a parallel universe in a dream. Just as it gains a level of normalcy, our boarders, like many other students anywhere else, have to adapt to a new level of dimension-hopping: traveling in the middle of a world pandemic.
From being surrounded by flight attendants in hazmat suits or being confined to a room in their house unable to leave for two weeks, this is a glimpse into the lives of our boarders who have to navigate the 5th dimension: being a boarder amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the past few weeks out of school?
“I had a zoom “party” with my mom’s family to start off my aunt’s birthday week.” – Krissi Greene ’21 (Maryland)
“Everyone was on lockdown for three days and that is over now and I think everyone has become more aware because of it. Now only essential businesses are open and people with last names from A-K can go shopping on certain days and people from L-Z can go on other days…I live on a canal and people across from me have been doing karaoke every night. Our neighbor bought a karaoke machine, and that’s been kind of fun. People play music and then we sing to it.” – Avery Lambert ‘22 (Cayman Islands)
“I’ve been calling my relatives because they get really upset with me when I don’t call them. I use this time to socialize with people over the phone because I wasn’t able to do that in America, so I use the time to make up with everyone…it is so frustrating that I come back home after 8 months and I am so near to my friends like my neighbors and my best friends live so close to my house. I went up to the terrace one day so that they could come out to the road to say hi.” – Gul Bansal ‘21 (India) standing in front of her house in India after finishing the two weeks of her self-isolation in her room. Police placed a quarantine sign that reads “Home Quarantine” in Punjabi on her house.
“My mom wants to start a farm and she has all these plans and a compost and we are planting a crazy amount of stuff and we are even building a greenhouse. She said in the future we’re going to get horses and pigs, but for now, we have chicks. 10 baby female chickens.” – Marliese Rittenhouse ‘21 (New York) taking care of the chicks that she bought.
“It is too dangerous to go back to Thailand, and if I go back I will not be able to swim because the swimming pool is closed. Also, I have to do the workout alone, but here I have friends to do the workout together. In addition, the time in Thailand and here is so different for studying online.” -Fresh Sathianchokwisan ‘22 pictured with Megan McGrath ‘22 whom she is staying with in town.
“Over here there is a law that there is a maximum of two people in the car. We can still order things for the moment but I don’t think it is going to last because it is getting worse.”
“As I have 6 hours of difference I have the whole morning free and I finish classes at night. So the whole morning I do sports, working out with my father…I try to always have lunch with my family but it is hard because school starts at the time I will have lunch.”
“It is [like a dream]. At the beginning when Ms. T (dorm mom) told me that I had to go back home I was like are you serious…I was going back without saying goodbye to anyone it was so weird. In my head, I had the idea that when I went back home it was going to be summer and everything was going to be happier. It’s like a dream, I could never imagine this.” – Aitana Garcia ‘22 in Alicante, Spain, with her brother at home playing ping pong at a moment when their free-time intersects as both attend online classes at different hours of the day.
“We all have to be in quarantine for at least fourteen days in the hotel until we are good. I can only see myself and just FaceTime my parents. Tomorrow (2 April), in six hours, is my birthday… Every day I am talking to my friends, just FaceTiming all my friends, eating a lot of food, sleeping, taking my temperature every day and doing nothing… I cannot open my door, or the window or the balcony. The hotel will make food for me and put it outside my door and knock and I will have to put on my mask to collect it. But they are good to me, so it is better.” -Fan PuYu ‘23, on the flight home to Beijing, China.
“I stay up during the night, keeping American time and I sleep in the daytime when it’s light outside. I couldn’t figure out when I should eat and what I should eat because think about it – when I wake up at 8 or 9 at night I feel like I shouldn’t be eating anything at 8 at night and then it would hit midnight which is the time I would eat lunch but then it is midnight and I also feel like I shouldn’t be eating. When I’m about to go to sleep, it’s about the time I should be eating breakfast as well. Personally, I cannot cook, this is only the second time I’ve cooked so I have to order delivery but at night none of the delivery places are open.” -Jenny Chen ‘21 at home alone in Shanghai under a 14-day quarantine.
“Since I have “just” 6 hour time difference it is not as hard as it can be for people who have like a 12 hour time difference! I can sleep till late, but I have to stay focused till late as well and that’s not as much fun. But in my case, since the whole country is locked down it is not hard to deal with and I’m happy we have the opportunity to do the online school, otherwise, I would be so bored and I’d have nothing to do! Sometimes I’m really tired in the evening, so the last two classes are very challenging, but I could be worse. So I’m keeping my positive mindset, and hoping everything is going to be back to normal in a few months!” -Klara Sitarova ’22 holding cookies she dubbed “American cookies” because she missed the USA so much.