HI THERE! It’s Riley here and I am back today with a deeper post of reflection for my Senior Year and how it ended!
While I first want to say I completely understand the need to cancel schools to prevent further spread and that I am deeply thankful for those dealing with this illness and fighting it on the front lines, but in this post I am just solely talking about this made me feel and how my 12+ years of schooling has come to an end.
When we first got the news school was cancelled for the remainder of the year, my friends and I had just cancelled our senior spring break trip, my school fashion LA trip was bound to be cancelled, and graduation was up in the air. I was first just in shock that KS had cancelled school so quickly, but soon after I was pretty devastated as I would never get the opportunity to do many of the senior lasts and celebrations that I had forever been looking forward to. No graduation party in May, no senior award ceremonies, no senior skip day, no last prom, the list goes on and on…. but then again it didn’t feel real.
This whole situation right now feels like a different life and reality and it’s absolutely crazy.
But I would like to say I am a positive person, and I felt the need to think of the bright side and reflect on the past year I had. I was able to find a solid friend group that was a blast for dances and to hold fun game nights, got to experience being the oldest in the school, was able to take some more enjoyable elective classes that I hadn’t before, was accepted into the Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M music society, NHS, etc., and the great things that I enjoyed throughout the year. I made so many amazing friendships, learned I was getting to live with my BFF next year at my dream college, and literally so many other amazing news came out of it.
I will always I think be sad about what I missed out on, but the truth is so are all the other Seniors of 2020 (highschool, college, etc.) and I’m not the only one in this boat. Also, I am so grateful to be able to stay at home and help #flattenthecurve so hopefully we can get back to “normal” life and the first responders can be with their families once again.
But an exciting and hopefully update that we have since learned is that graduation is rescheduled right now for late July which gives us something to look forward to and hope for.
Update since I first started writing this post, I have since selected my housing and dorm for next year with the absolute best email@example.com !! This gives me so much hope right now, which is must needed and allows me to look forward to next year for school!
I know this post was more of a rambly one but I wanted to kind of air out how I was feeling about this whole situation in the perspective of a highschool senior getting their last year cut off short. Again, thank you to all that are serving our country during this time, and all my love is being sent to those fighting this horrid virus.
Please feel free to reach out to me with your thoughts, if you are a senior, or reach out to chat if you are going through anything during these troubling times.
Take care and stay healthy!! Love y’all.