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Haider Khokhar shares his lock-down experience

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On the evening of March 18th, I was sitting at home watching the reaction on Twitter to the  Downing Street press conference. Little did I know that our Prime Minister Boris Johnson would announce that schools would be shut as part of the governments measures to combat Covid 19 and that GCSE exams would be cancelled.

I initially felt a sense of relief at not having to take my GCSEs. But, at the same time, I knew that not being able to go to school would be detrimental, because I would miss my support teachers who have supported me the most in my final year of school. I knew I would also miss my routine.

The last two day of secondary school were quite stressful. Being put in a position to have my education moved from being in person to an online virtual platform was upsetting. I found the last day of school extremely hard, because I had to say goodbye to my support teachers for the last and final time.

More surprises were to come. On the evening on March 23rd, Boris Johnson announced that the UK was going into lockdown.

Lock-down

The main skill I have learned in coping with lock-down is resilience. Initially, I felt overwhelmed at loosing my daily routine. Luckily, I reached out to my Twitter friends, such as Siena Castellon, who helped me to adapt and cope with the situation.

My Advice on How to Deal with Lock-down

Below are some of the steps I took to adapt to a life in lock-down:

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Looking Into the Future

I believe that the world will completely change due to Covid 19. For one thing, I am trying to decide whether I should go to sixth form or whether I should do an apprenticeship. Whatever happens, I want you to know to tell you that you are not alone. We are all in this together.

About Me

My Name Is Haider. I just turned 16. I am autistic. I believe that the world should be a better place for autistic people like me. I can be found on Twitter at @Racenclaw_H where I Tweet in support of neurodiversity and inclusion for all. I am also an avid reader who is currently reading the Harry Potter series. 

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