Surviving Online Learning with Distracting Siblings

One Mustang reveals to us the challenges of sharing learning space with younger siblings


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Cheryl Garcia

Covid-19 has forced many Mustangs to mix their schooling and home life in a way they never imagined. One new problem from all this is distraction from their siblings while they try to pay attention on Teams.

For example, junior Alatorre Hernandez deals with her siblings at home who also go to North. She says, “Although I love my siblings, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows to be stuck in the house with them.”

She, like many high schoolers, has new responsibilities for their online learning as well as her own. “My brother is always loud, my sister is always sleeping, and not to mention that I have to wake up 30 minutes earlier to wake them up in time for class.”

It has also affected her participation in class. “I go to present or speak up in class and all you hear in the background is my brother yelling at his game while he is supposed to be in class.”

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows”

— Alatorre

She was quick to add, “I can’t sit here and say that I hate having them around, it’s always good to have an extra set of eyes to check over my work or have a second opinion on things.”

And there are benefits to staying at home, “It’s not the worst thing to get to wake up an hour later and only have 3 classes.”

“But I would much rather be in a classroom right now.”

This is the new normal for students all around the world, and just like Alatorre, they’ve learned to adapt to this environment and make the best of their situations.