Treston Manning: An #NDNSatHOME Story

Halee Rhoades, NDN Press

Treston Manning is a senior at PN-G. On a normal school day, he is involved in the Purple Pride Band and National Honor Society. This is his #NDNSatHOME story.

Q: How do you keep yourself busy at home?
Now that I’ve finished all my school work, I try and pick up new hobbies. I’ve recently received my new yo-yo in the mail and it’s been keeping me entertained for hours. Another way I keep myself entertained is by practicing music. I always have a new song to learn for church so I spend a lot of time learning the music on the piano and the bass. Juggling is something I used to do and I’ve started to practice it again. And finally, I got my hands on my saxophone again so that opens a whole new realm of music for me to learn.

Q: What is something fun you’ve done this week?
This week, I downloaded Dragon Quest XI on my Switch and have been playing it nonstop. If you’re looking for a great and long single player game, I’d definitely recommend it.

Q: What is one thing you have wanted to do this week, but couldn’t?
 I have really wanted to go to school this week, surprisingly enough. Being in an environment with friends all trying to accomplish the same goal of getting a good education is a huge motivating factor in my life so far.

Q: How do you like the online assignments? Are they easy or hard?
I don’t really like the online assignments at all. I’m the type of person that like to learn by being taught in a physical environment with other people. Taking courses like Calculus and and science class online makes me feel as if I’m learning significantly less than when being in a classroom. The assignments are pretty easy, but it feels like there is no knowledge gain.

Q: What is one thing you miss from school? Why?
Besides the obvious choice of friends, I really miss jazz band. Our jazz band is very open and expressive in our music because of the freedom in the music. We also have a fun time during rehearsals and have very memorable moments. Our next concert was supposed to be at Lamar, which was the jazz concert I was most excited for, but that got cancelled for reasons you already know about.

Q: How do you feel about no more toilet paper in the stores?
I don’t understand why that was the thing people went for first. Did they forget about food and water or something?

Q: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen or heard throughout this experience?
 Nothing too crazy has gone on for me personally. I guess the weirdest thing that has happened was a random parade thing going down my street honking very loudly while I was trying to my homework.

Q: If you had one message to send your classmates right now, what would it be?
 If you have made the excuse that school was keeping you from learning a new skill such as the piano, guitar, or drawing, now you don’t have and excuse because you are stuck at home with tons of free time to learn something new. Everyone says they want to learn an art. What better time to learn than now?

If you’d like to tell us your #NDNSatHOME story, send an email to: [email protected] and we’ll send you a list of questions. Be prepared to send us a photo of yourself.