View of the pandemic through a Seniors Eyes.


Throughout the past 13 years, I’ve been going to school at Northern Local Schools. I’ve loved it here, but as most kids do, I have been counting down the days to my graduation for as long as I can remember. I’ve gone through countless hours of studying, working, and learning to try to make it to graduation with my friends that I’ve known my entire life. Now we’re mere months away from graduation, and I, and many other kids, are worrying that it may never come.
You may have heard about this new pandemic called the Corona Virus, it’s kind of big right now; with this Pandemic, we are out of school for at least 2 more weeks. But there’s a chance it may be longer than that.

Countless doctors and “experts” have said that we can be under this “lock-down” until Summer, or even, next year. Most people don’t think that we will go back to school at all this year. One Epidemiologist Adam Kucharski – who studies patterns on health and disease conditions – has said, “The virus is going to be circulating for a year or two”. While we have already gone into a soft lock-down, there are still people going around living life like normal. The number of people contracting the virus will keep escalating exponentially, and sooner, rather than later, we will be under an actual lock-down. At that point, going back to school will be the least of our worries.

So what does this mean to someone like me, a senior who is living through his last year of High School?

I, like many others, understand that all of this is needed, and are trying their hardest to look at everything through a positive light. Everything we’re doing is worth it and will ultimately save lives, but I think we are allowed to be a little selfish when it comes to this. We’ve worked our entire lives to be able to live and experience our senior year like kids do every year. Now there’s a chance that it’s all going to be taken away from us.

We’ve all wanted to be able to have our senior walk, walking down the halls crying with students and teachers all clapping. I can remember previous years seeing my friends walking down the halls telling everyone bye as the  feeling appreciation was in the air; all I want is to experience that feeling. We all want to be able to experience the last few months of school we have left. Every year the seniors are able to spend time with not only their class, but the classes below them as well, and enjoy their final moments before everyone goes their separate ways.

I’ve always wanted to experience a senior prom. You hear stories of adults talking about their senior prom, and there is a high chance that we won’t get to have those experiences.

Lastly, the most important one for most people, me especially, is graduation. There are rumors going around we won’t have it, and if we do, we will only be allowed to bring a select few people to it. I’ve worked long days, and long nights, for the past four years to be able to hear my name called, walk across the gym or field with my friends, and receive my diploma. I have friends who have worked just as hard as me, if not harder. We want to be able to celebrate our accomplishments together. I’ve always wanted to feel how proud my family is of me, and frankly, I don’t think we’ll be able too.

All of this is just hypothetical at the end of the day, but it is getting closer and closer to being the truth. I hope, not only for my sake, but for the rest of the Seniors across the U.S, that we are able to experience these activities we so desperately have been wanting and waiting for all of high school. Let us just hope it is not a virtual graduation.