HARROD — Amber Hardeman, 17, is going to be a senior at Allen East High School.
She’s ready to get back to in-person classes.
“You want things to go back to normal for your senior year because you want that experience, but you also don’t want to risk getting sick because I have older people in my life and I just don’t want them to get sick from me going to school, just to graduate and get an education,” Hardeman said.
Hardeman had to adjust to online learning during the last part of her junior year.
“It was definitely a change. I adjusted well. I know I struggled a lot more with procrastination towards the end. It’s just some things were easier to do online and some things are a lot harder because it’s not easy learning pre-calculus just through a computer. It’s easier when there’s someone there to explain whenever you have questions instead of asking a question and then waiting for teachers to reply through Schoology. I’m having to wait a few hours sometimes,” Hardeman said.
This summer, Hardeman plans to show horses and dogs at the Allen County Fair.
“It’s just really fun. I don’t know why, but it’s just getting to understand them better and learning about how to work with your animal is just something I’ve always loved to do. I’ve liked trying to understand animals my whole life,” Hardeman said.
Participating in 4-H and the fair is something she looks forward to every year.
“You meet these people and they instantly become your family and you get to make new family members through that like every year, because everybody’s always coming and going, and you just make some of the greatest friends,” Hardeman said.
Her plans after high school include something dealing with animals.
“I want to go into something related to horses and so my first choice of college would be Hocking College down in Logan, Ohio, and going into wilderness horsemanship, which is something they have there,” Hardeman said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.