Being A College Senior During COVID-19

April 20, 2020

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An Unexpected Ending 

If you told me four years ago that I would be finishing my college career in my living room, I would have said that’s ridiculous. But here I am, one month before I finish my senior year, having a Zoom call with my advisor about graduate school from my couch.

Now that the shock of doing school online is over, the drudgery of virtual classes is in full swing. It is so easy to be emotional about the lack of closure, leaving my friends, and the sudden adjustment to remote learning. I have certainly tried to make the most of it, through Zoom happy hours and Netflix parties, but I think any senior can agree, it is just not the same.

We will not finish our last final in May and be able to go celebrate with each other. We will not decorate our caps and walk down to the stadium on May 16th for graduation. Right now, there seems to be a lot of “will nots” and “can nots.” However, this does not have to be the case.

We CAN and we WILL make the best out of a bad situation. We will hold our heads up high and finish our senior year with a smile on our face. Whether we graduate in one month or six months, I am confident that we will have some sort of closure. But I encourage you to do something enjoyable for yourself when you finish your last final. I plan to have a celebratory family dinner myself. What we have achieved these past four years is no small feat, and we should recognize that.

No one escapes the “have nots” or “can nots” these days. Whether you are ninety years old, ten years old or a soon-to-be graduate, we are all in this together.

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