Our quarantine art viewing is still going strong! One thing we have noticed during online school, however, is that we find ourselves procrastinating far more than we used to. Our emails are open, our phones are right next to us, and YouTube and Netflix are only one click away…
There’s also a lot to procrastinate! Some may say that because AP tests are only forty-five minutes, they cause less stress; others believe that because many final exams have been canceled, we don’t need to study; still others think that because many schools are going pass/fail, grades don’t matter anymore. To all those people, we say only this: we’re teenagers, and even when it’s not necessary, we make procrastinating a full-time job! (Also, do you see how we slid in an AP-English-worthy concession there? Take notes, College Board.)
So our May events are the perfect way to put off checking your Canvas notifications. Short films from Three Dollar Bill and Northwest Film Forum’s Translations and selections from South by Southwest are just long enough to watch between classes. Seattle Opera’s Opera at Home and Tacoma Art Museum at Home provide a multitude of art pieces to check out when you need a “quick” brain break. Turn on Christine and the Queens via KEXP, Grand Illusion Cinema’s A Good Woman is Hard to Find, or the Capitol Hill Arts Fest while you’re doing your 200-page English reading. (Will you actually read with all that fantastic art in the background? No. But that’s okay.) And if you want to pretend that you’re in school without, you know, actually going to school, tune in to Penguin Productions’ online King Lear, which features young students just like yourself. Plus it’s Shakespeare! That’s got to count as extra credit.
All that to say, don’t feel stressed or alone when you check the time after a brief arts break only to realize three hours have passed and you still haven’t started your Chem worksheet. It’s okay. We’ve all been there. Even though we can’t be near you in person, trust us, we’ll be panicking right with you.