My first month at DLRC

    It was 7:40 in the morning. I opened the laptop and logged into the meeting. A thousand thoughts were swarming through my mind. I’d never cared so much about what people thought of me before this. So many things could go wrong. What if my internet was shaky? What if no one liked me? What if I wasn’t good enough? With these thoughts in my mind, I started the first day of school. 

    However, as soon as we started with our introductions, these thoughts instantly took a backseat. Everyone seemed to have more or less the same interests as me. More than that, everyone seemed so welcoming and open to new stuff. My doubts about fitting in vanished. Now, I focused solely on enjoying the first day of school. In fact, they were so helpful, that I ended up making friends on the very first day!

    Now, it’s been a month since school started and it’s been nothing short of fantastic! I thought that we won’t be able to study online with the same engagement and interaction but, I’ve never been so glad to be wrong. All of our facilitators have been providing us with such awesome lessons that you’re bound to enjoy them. The classes have been very interactive regardless of the fact that they’re on Zoom. We’re also using our access to the internet to the fullest by doing research work. Being new, I don’t really know how physical school works but from what I’ve heard everyone say, it’s way better than this. If it is as good as they say it is, I can’t wait to get to campus.

    All of our classes are very engaging and we’re made to think out of the box which is something I’ve never been encouraged to do before. In my old school, we were always limiting ourselves to the textbooks which I didn’t enjoy. 

    Our maths lessons have made me look at maths in a completely different way. Before this, I used to remember the formulas without even realising why they were derived. There was no logic to the maths I used to do. It was completely rote learning for me. Now, I’m starting to think more about things like why some laws are actually laws. There’s no way anyone could have just said something without proving it right? For instance, Pythagoras’ theorem wasn’t just some fluke, right? There was research involved behind it and that’s why it is what it is today. We’re now being nudged to think along these lines by our facilitators and I’m enjoying this reasoning that we’re doing in class.

    I used to hate science before coming to DLRC. Earlier, we were always made to learn answers and reproduce them in the exams. Our classes weren’t really classes. All we had to do was listen to the teacher and write down the answers dictated in class. It was more like a monologue by our teachers. After coming here, my opinion about science has taken a 180- degree turn. Biology and physics are so interesting and entertaining now. The questions we discuss, the videos we watch and the fun we have are really remarkable. I’ve started to like science and if someone would have said that to me a month ago, I wouldn’t have believed it. The biggest difference is the eagerness of teachers to answer our questions. When our questions are relevant, they eagerly take up the task of answering it which results in a very interesting discussion with inputs from both sides. Richard Feynman once said, “ I don't know what's the matter with people: they don't learn by understanding; they learn by some other way - by rote or something. Their knowledge is so fragile!” This is so true even for all of us. Interactive lessons are the best way for us to learn because things that we understand tend to stay in our head longer than dictated answers. 

    Other than that, the open-minded nature of everyone in JHS with me has been very nice. I’ve made quite a lot of friends and they are very nice company. I genuinely enjoy spending time with all my classmates. All my fellow classmates in the ninth grade are really nice and we have really in-depth discussions in all classes. This makes me strive harder to give in my best work.

    Online classes do have their limitations. Our hands-on work has been quite restricted because most of us don’t have all the necessary equipment available at home. Our interactions have also gone down because we aren’t able to talk as much as we would have if the campus had been open. If our network is not good on any day, it’s a nightmare! Without good internet, it’s very hard to be able to make the most out of online classes. 

    My main takeaway for this month has been that I should learn to be flexible and adapt to the surroundings. The first few lessons, I was overwhelmed by this new way of schooling and I didn’t think I would be able to keep up. Nonetheless, my opinion about most subjects is changing (for the better) now. With some extra effort from my side in the start, I’ve now been able to match and keep pace with my classmates and I’m really enjoying school. I think it has been worthwhile to move here and I’m really liking how we’re progressing and delving deep into detail in some subjects. This month has been very enriching for me in terms of academics and I hope it continues to go on like that.

     

    Navya - a new learner to the DLRC ways...