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Julie Beck Andrew Newmyer: [Our school] started by adding a couple of days to spring break. Take care of yourself. Wash your hands. Lane top leftAmelia top rightCarly bottom leftand Georgia bottom right on a video call. Lane: A lot of people, including myself, were joking about it at first, about how glad they were that school was postponed indefinitely. And then everyone realized this is super serious and it needed to be treated that way.
Julie Beck Andrew Newmyer: [Our school] started by adding a couple of days to spring break.
Take care of yourself. Wash your hands. Lane top leftAmelia top rightCarly bottom leftand Georgia bottom right on a video call.
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Lane: A lot of people, including myself, were joking about it at first, about how glad they were that school was postponed indefinitely. And then everyone realized this is super serious and it needed to be treated that way. Lane: Our final band competition of the year got canceled. And all the concerts are canceled also. Andrew: A big statewide band competition.
A lot of us were looking forward to it. A lot of us put in a lot of effort. This is a lot more difficult and wilder than we ly thought it was. Beck: Whose idea was it to have the PowerPoint party? Can you explain what that is? Audrey Lapuyade: Walter sent us a post about [someone doing] something similar. Chat wanted maybe a new friend changed it up and made it our own. Andrew: You make a random PowerPoint on something that you enjoy, and you present it to your friends. We all picked a random topic—some topics were really goofy.
Audrey: It was interesting to listen to, because everyone got to share something that they were passionate about. I think a Zoom meeting can last up to 40 minutes and we had ftiend restart it three times. Beck: Can everybody introduce the title of your presentation, or the topic that you presented on? Lane: I did my presentation on gravitational lensing. Beck: What is that?
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It was a show that I really enjoyed; I wanted to tell people about it. Walter Long: Mine was ranking the Disney princesses. Beck: Who was the best one? Walter: Mulan, definitely. Georgia Perello: My favorite show is The Office.
If you and your friends are bored, powerpoint parties may be the answer
So I made a whole PowerPoint just summing up the show. Amelia: My topic was some of the most notorious unsolved murders and who the most likely suspects would be. I presented some of their patterns, what their victim range was, and who the most likely suspect would be and why. Beck: How many songs were there? Carly: About Courtesy of Carly Bohlmann Audrey: I did mine on, if the apocalypse were to occur, what everyone in this group would be doing. For example, if we were hiding, Georgia would start doing this really high-pitched laugh that she does and compromise our spot.
Lane would be the strategist of the group, coming up with plans on how to survive. For myself, she said that I would be very chill, but the second that we got into a conflict with nea else, I would pull out a ton of weapons. Beck: What made this particular format appealing, rather than just having a normal Zoom hangout? It lets you work on s other than school that you actually want to do on your computer.
Audrey: Whenever you have a normal conversation about something, you can go in all these different directions.
PowerPoints helped us actually focus on the topics we wanted to talk about. This is something that we can control. This is a way to come together, in a different way—teaching instead of just talking. Beck: So I have something to maybr to you guys, which is that I percent stole your idea.
My friends and I also had a PowerPoint party this weekend. Amelia: What was yours on?
Amelia: How many slides was it? I need to know this. Beck: Let me look it up … It was 18 slides. One thing I felt was nice about our PowerPoint party was, whenever I have an unstructured conversation with my friends these days, we just end up talking about quarantine and the coronavirus. And the format that you all popularized here forces you to talk about other things.
Beck: Has this experience of being isolated changed the way that you think about your friendships? But I chxt realized how much not going to school would affect me. I can still text [my friends], but ndw getting to see them in person has an impact. Andrew: I think this helped us realize who our really good friends are and how important they are to us. Carly, Georgia, Reagan, Amelia on a picnic.
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I really depend on body language to help myself with conversations. Walter: Quarantine is getting really boring. Having less of that time [together] is just so awful.
Carly: I was closer with some of the people in this group than I was with others [before being quarantined]. I feel closer to Andrew now. Lane: The structure of going to school qanted day for seven hours and coming home—that kind of structure was something that I relied on for so long. If you or someone you know should be featured on The Friendship Files, get in touch at friendshipfiles theatlantic.