By Eliandro, aged 17

On March 23rd, the UK went into lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this period, I’ve learnt that input = output. Once, one puts their efforts into a certain project, they will gain an output, but this will only be successful if you work smartly as much as you work hard.

I noticed from the beginning of quarantine that most people in my age group were slacking off. I was a part of this group too; until my school was starting to worry that I would not be able to bounce back from such a huge deficit. What gave me the push of wanting to really fix this issue was seeing some my classmates progress. It made me realise that if I didn’t put in my best effort, then I would regret it.

What I’ve also done during this lockdown is try to stay active. A group of people gathered up to organise a daily Zoom home workout call. Later I joined this group to improve my fitness, which has helped me out. It is easy to become unfit or become unhealthy in this pandemic. Exercising is one of the best methods to prevent this.

What I wish I could’ve done more of is stay in contact with some friends. Even though you can talk in the sixth form it doesn’t mean that the same will happen outside. I haven’t spoken to many people, and I wish I could. However, I’d say that I’ve got to learn more about my family and we managed to socialise more and become closer by playing games and watching films.