Gardenia Lemoa is a year 12 Māngere College student among the thousands of senior high school pupils across Auckland who returned to school last month. She tells The Spinoff what it’s been like to be back. “… it seemed like an unnecessary risk to go back to school… But to be honest I was also looking forward to going back.” Lemoa also shared some of the wider struggles of her age group: “I know it’s been harder for some of my friends, particularly those without wifi. Because most of the work is online and they can’t access it, they’re behind in their credits and they’re worried that they won’t be able to get enough to pass NCEA.”