2020 is a year quite like no other. I have been looking forward to this year ever since I could remember. I was always so excited to get my cap and gown, get my diploma, and finish off by throwing my cap in the air. All of the high school memories that have been a tradition are just gone, or at least different. There is no senior prom, no senior sunset, no  senior traditions. However, if there still are some traditions, they are quite different. The class of 2020 has come to an abrupt end.

Thinking about the idea of saying goodbye to everyone is hard  even if you hated high school. It is the end of an era and you will most likely not see the people you spent four years with ever again. Finishing high school is difficult, but this year has been even harder. The ending came much more abruptly and the goodbyes did not occur. For me, I knew about the virus, but the idea of school’s closing just never occurred to me. I never thought the last day of the third quarter would be the end of high school.

When schools closed, everything seemed to fall apart. In the matter of 3 days I lost the chance of seeing friends, my job, and my high school memories all thanks to Corona. When everything occurred I was upset. At one point everything was fine and then at the next everything was gone. The biggest idea on my mind was finishing high school and getting through finals, but since corona all the thoughts in my head are about when will it end and wonder if life will ever be normal.  

To finish high school this is really hard. Having to just focus on school without being able to see friends is difficult. School is about learning, but it is also about socializing and online school is hard to stay motivated in when you do not have friends by your side. Facetime and snapchat are not enough to make up for the lack of in person connection. To end high school so quickly sucks because I will never have the memories that most seniors have had. I will not get to look back and think about the memories of graduation and being to say goodbye to friends. I will not get the chance to say goodbye to teachers. The class of 2020 is different and will be remembered as the year COVID-19 took over, but yet we are also the class that has stayed strong and gets to be unique.

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May 18, 2020 11:59 pm

We are all feeling very upset about how our senior has turned out. No one expected this to happen and now we are always going to remember our graduation but in a different way. We are doing everything virtually which isn’t as good as it should’ve been. We’ve all worked four year to get our special celebration at the end and now everything is changed because of the corona virus. It’s sad how we didn’t expect this to happen. We didn’t say our last goodbyes to each other. I agree with you, it’s been hard knowing that this was how we ended our high school life. We didn’t get to hug our friends before they head off to college, we weren’t able to do anything and many people are feeling the same emotions right now. Its been a crazy few months but we have been able to get through most of it. Now, we just have to finish strong and always cherish the best memories from the past years.

May 18, 2020 5:25 pm

I agree with you, Alysa. This senior year has been very different. Who would’ve thought the last day of the third quarter would be the end of senior year. I think we all had a little hope that we would go back by April but that didn’t work out as planned. We get no senior sunset, no prom, or graduation, and that’s very disappointing, to say the least; but we have been strong and we all have tried to stay connected with each other as best we can, and that’s all that matters. We may not get the experiences but we have the memories that will last forever. Stay strong class of 2020!!

May 18, 2020 12:47 am

Hi Alysa,
As a fellow senior at Judge, I have been experiencing a lot of the same emotions. I am not someone who loved high school by any means, I have actually been quite eager to leave, but the abrupt ending was not how I wanted it to happen. I too have been plagued with the nagging “what ifs?” about when this is going to end and what our future holds. I really resonate with your reflection on how, “at one point everything was fine and then at the next everything was gone.” As a class, I think one of our biggest takeaways from COVID-19 is how quickly life can change. I have been reflecting on this idea, I hope it inspires us to live more in the moment and to appreciate our friends and families more once this is all over. I know it can be easy to slip into a negative mindset during these times and to feel alone, but we aren’t. We are all going through this together. If you need something inspiring and specific to the Class of 2020 I recommend watching President Obama’s commencement speech if you haven’t already. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta5anRPf8rQ. Here is another link that has resources on how to cope from the American Psychology Association: https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/student-stress. I hope to hear more from you on this topic! Do you think COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on the Class of 2020 and on our generation as a whole? What has helped you manage your stress and disappointment? I know things are hard right now and I am experiencing the same emotions you shared. Nonetheless, I know we will get through this! If you ever need to talk you can text me! I miss you, Alysa! You are an amazing writer!

Orlando Velasco
Orlando Velasco
May 17, 2020 11:54 pm

It is a weird and interesting senior year. I too wanted to experience the things that seniors are supposed to. But the same wind blows on us all. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable man persists to adapt the world to himself. Yes it sucks but we gotta get comfortable with eating sh*t. We didn’t get what every other senior got but that’s whatever. At the end what matters is how the story is told. The journey is everything.

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