Voice: Millie Beasley

Junior Amelia Bridgers Beasley, is starting school differently than most this fall. Beasley, who commonly goes by Millie, is starting her junior year in Tennessee with her grandparents.

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Junior Amelia Bridgers Beasley, is starting school differently than most this fall. Beasley, who commonly goes by Millie, is starting her junior year in Tennessee with her grandparents so that she can spend time with them and have a more structured environment for distance learning.

“I come out here twice a year normally but as soon as it was announced we would be returning to distance learning I thought it would be a much more structured and stable option to get back in the swing of things to do distance learning out here,”  said Beasley. 

“My grandparents live in College Grove which is a small town in Tennessee. Some wouldn’t even call it a town due to how small it is. We are the closest to Bethesda and that is a town that has more “town-like” features such as a library, convenience center, schools, sports center, and fire station.” Bealey said. 

Bethesda is approximately a 30 minute to an hour drive from College Grove, the family makes a trip out every few weeks to dump all trash and recycling at the convenience center. 

Looking to the future, Beasley is unsure when she will return to California.  

“I could be out here for another month or even six months. I’m not really sure how long I will stay out here, with the uncertainties of how long we will be on distance learning it is hard to predict. For right now the hope is that maybe in November or December, possibly around winter break. But it really depends on how everything goes with learning models and the course of Covid cases.”  said Beasley 

Despite being in a new environment Beasley stresses there are things she misses back in California. 

“I truly do love it out here but of course there are things about California such as my dog and my friends that I would be able to see from a distance if she was at home. I’m very much a California girl but I know California has had some extreme weather lately, so I am hoping everyone is staying safe” Beasley said. 

While out in Tennessee, Beasley has been given a different level of perspective than what she would be getting in Sonoma County, and experienced a different community first hand. 

“Despite having to jump from zoom to zoom throughout the day, my grandparent’s dog Allie keeps me company” said Beasley. 

Beasley is highly involved on campus as she is Junior Class President and President of the Catering Club. She tries to make as much of an impact from such a distance.

“I absolutely love being able to lead two groups on campus and help out in any way I can,” Beasley said.  

She does look forward to what’s to come for the rest of the school year whether that be in ASB or in the Catering Club. As she is a farther distance from the classroom than other students she still finds a way to cope with the highs and the lows of distance learning.