Riverview High School senior adapts to learning in remote environment


Camila Fermín

Editors note: A limited series with teachers and students in partnership with the Education Foundation of Sarasota County describing how students are adapting to the new school year’s pandemic-altered environment.

Camila Fermín, 17, is a student board member of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Camila started her senior year at Riverview High School with a 5.02 weighted GPA.

Q.  How does this school year differ from how you envisioned your senior year?

A.  It’s my last year of high school and nothing is normal, so I’m seeing it through an emotional lens. I definitely prefer to be on campus, but that’s impossible now.   

Q. Why did you choose remote learning when you’re involved in many school activities?

A. Concern for my relatives prompted my decision. If I went to campus, I’d have to limit visits to my grandmother and to see my new baby brother at my dad’s house. Remote learning was a responsible compromise solution for me.

With web cameras, I’m in a remote location but participating in the same classes as my peers on campus. My classroom is at the Boys and Girls Club in a big space that has just three students for now. There’s a lot of separation, but we still have some opportunity to socialize. That’s important, and it feels more like school when I get dressed and go out instead of staying home by myself.

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