Quarantine has its hard moments: it’s sad that I can’t go outside much and that I can’t see my friends. I am stuck at home in London with my family, and going out has been risky. Not only because the police tell you off if you aren’t obviously exercising (as I discovered) but also due to the sheer number of people that suddenly filled the streets and parks; sunlight seems to appeal to everyone more than ever now that they're meant to be staying inside!
But in an odd and optimistic way, this period could be seen as a blessing, just in a very good disguise. Online lessons work just as well as normal lessons and now that I can’t leave the house without being accosted (unless I’m vigorously working-out) it has given me more time to focus on things that I love and discover new things I'm interested in. Most of my attention has been on my music and, over the past few weeks, I've developed a love for tonal harmony and the theories behind it. As I haven’t had so many school commitments, I’ve been able to read a lot about it and discover authors and theorists, such as Ernst Levy or Steve Coleman, who I might never have come across if I wasn't stuck indoors.
I’m trying to keep myself occupied, being productive, trying to use my phone less, and cut down on screen time when I can. That said, I feel that there is a tendency for people in lock-down to think that they must endeavour to become their “best self,” to make the most of this situation. Although it’s great to keep yourself interested throughout this period, I think it’s also fine to just continue with life as normal (or as normal as possible): relax and binge-watch tv! These are weird times, and what's most important is staying happy and safe!
20th May 2020
It would have been his last term at Winchester so Zefaan is understandably nostalgic about the things he will miss this Cloister Time. His choice of 'Leavers Photo', outside Chantry with his Div don and class illustrates the impact on pupils of this unique approach to learning and exploration.
18th May 2020
Winchester College has a long reputation for community service. No person is more responsible for this than the remarkable Mrs Clare Talks, Geography don and Director of Community Service. Here she provides a refreshing insight into the environmental impacts of an unseasonably warm Spring and a tranquil, undisturbed lockdown.
10th May 2020
In this article, Mr Ben Gould, Economics don explores how the pandemic might impact economic recovery.
9th May 2020
James is running to get out of the house, and taking his dog with him.
4th May 2020
Despite missing his last term of Winchester, Thomas is attacking each day with a positive attitude and keeping things in perspective.
29th April 2020
In the second of our series of postcards from home, Matthew tells us about reading, listening to lectures and enjoying nature.