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Feeling like a freshman in a sophomore’s body? Don’t worry, there’s a lot of people who are just now stepping into your school for the first time this year.

A giant percentage of the Kanawha County student population — the ones who went online, including me — have just recently returned to regular school life. About as regular it can be, anyway.

The first day of school for me, on Aug. 9, was the most nostalgic, yet strange experience of my life. After about a year and half of e-learning, this was my first time stepping into my high school — not as a freshman, but a sophomore. There were some people I saw from middle school, who I knew had been online, trying to navigate this new place with me. Others who had also gone to my middle school, but were instead in-person last year, seemed to have changed significantly. Then there were the people in my own grade who I’ve never seen before, new to me in every way.

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