Dear Senior Year: Letters from YSP High School Seniors

Dear Senior Year

The Young Scholars Program asked its 2020 graduating high school seniors to write a letter to their senior year; here are some of their responses.

Dear Senior Year,

Wow...what a year you have been already and it's only April. If someone would have told me my freshman year that you were going to allow my program coordinator to get pregnant and have to leave us, I would not have believed you. If someone would have told me that you were holding in some kind of deadly virus that would completely change our senior year, even the whole world, I definitely would not have believed you. Well, we didn't receive that warning, and everything you had in store for us, prom, graduation, going to college...it isn't looking too good my guy.

Senior year, you've really thrown a curveball at me, and my emotions are all over the place. I was already nervous enough about graduating and going to college, but with all this stuff coming at us I am 20x more nervous. My brother was a Young Scholar who went to Ohio State but things didn't go as planned and he was kicked out. Seeing him get kicked out had my nerves going enough already so what made you think it was okay to throw COVID-19 at us. Scrolling down Facebook, watching videos on social media apps, and talking to my friends lets me realize that we are all worried and at a loss for you Senior year. We had no clue you would be like this, and we wish we could do something to rescue you. All the great trips to OSU, having a blast at prom, and just making all the memories you, Senior Year, had in stored for us may not happen.

But we haven't lost hope. Mrs. Tiffany has done a wonderful job assisting my fellow seniors and me with this walk known as Senior Year. I can email and text her whenever I need help with this enrollment process, and she has always been there to help us when we need it, and I really do appreciate what she has done. No, we do not know if prom and graduation will continue, nor do we know whether college will be pushed back, but we do know this is just an obstacle for us, but it will not hold us back from greatness. We will continue to stand strong together, and as a city, state, and country, we will beat this obstacle. So to you Senior Year, you've proven yourself a challenge but I accept your challenge.

Dear Senior Year,

You were supposed to be the best year of our lives before we left each other, but from the start, it started to go downhill fast. With everything happening right now, I feel like for the class of 2020 we worked hard and were cut short. Our class doesn't deserve this, and I feel like people don't get how much this affects the class of 2020. We do not get our prom, possibly graduation, or even our last memories together. The most concerns I have for senior year is how we are supposed to be celebrated for our hard work as students but also athletes. I play a spring sport, which gives me an outlet, but also I love it so much and right now not playing does affect me because I don't have that outlet anymore. Also with knowing people who have tested positive for the virus like my mom, stepdad, best friend's mom, and my mom's friend is scary. To be personally touched by the virus does affect many things. It requires us to step up and be adults and take care of each other, but I wasn't ready for how stressful it would be. On top of all that, online school is more complicated than what it would've been in school, and to me it's just busy work to get by this quarter. I am ready to go back to something close to normal and get on with life and not feel trapped in the house anymore. But I also have hope that everything would be better and turn out ok, so fingers crossed. This is how I feel at the moment about everything.

Dear Senior year,

You were not what I expected. I don't feel like a senior, and I missed out on all the senior activities. It's sad that I haven't gotten to experience the most memorable events. I don't even get to say goodbye to my teachers and friends face to face. This year was supposed to be special, but that was gone in an instant. I feel cheated of the fun things that I have worked so hard for and deserve. I've had many panic attacks and have struggled with my anxiety and depression because school kept me busy. I don't have the motivation to do any work and I feel lost. What was the point in working so hard only to receive an anticlimactic ending? This virus has turned everything upside-down. I am not even worried about the virus itself but the reactions of the people and the consequences that followed. I'm not going to lie, I want to go back to school and keep my mind occupied and prepared for college. The scariest part of this time is not knowing what the future will hold. No one knows what to do, and that results in tension and overreaction. It's extremely hard for me to focus on positivity and I feel myself slipping back into my depression. All I do is sleep and I am not eating properly. I am trying to keep myself busy by doing lots of art, but I can only be alone with my thoughts for so long before it turns to negative things. I miss being in the classroom taking notes, I miss playing my violin with the orchestra, and I miss laughing with my friends and teachers. Everything is happening so fast and it's also scary. I'm about to go to college after the lack of a senior year. This year has proved to be a disappointment, and I feel as if TPS was not prepared for any crisis, which made completing work even harder. I was really looking forward to this year, because this was the year I was going to go to prom, I was going to have a senior week, and I was going to graduate with my family cheering for me in the crowd. It won't happen that way now.

Dear Senior Year,

You have been the most unpredictable part of my life so far. Nobody could ever predict that you would change and, in some ways, end after two months into the second semester. The first semester was the most challenging yet, and it also gave me realizations of how to be a better student and person overall. You really pushed me to work harder and mature in a hurry. The second semester was supposed to be a more of a laid back and less stressful experience to fully take in everything that I would lose by summer. I was taking advantage of the time I had with my friends, and it was supposed to be an unforgettable experience. And even though it was and always will be unforgettable, it came at a steep cost. I have not seen my friends and have rarely got to see my girlfriend for a month now, and it will continue to be this way for the foreseeable future. The virus has taken away many events that I was supposed to have with you such as senior prom, many moments with my friends, senior trip, and probably even graduation. I am very hurt because the class of 2020 will not be to share the same moments as everyone else, and I am concerned that everyone has already prepared to go their separate ways. But one thing I am not concerned about is you providing me with better opportunities. I found out I was going to OSU this year, I am closer than ever to my friends, and I got a new car. So thank you for everything, and though there are things I am not going to be able to experience, the year has been good enough.

Dear Senior Year,

I have not been feeling my best self since this pandemic broke out. I'd never thought that being optimistic would be very difficult since bad news has been the only thing I'm getting back to back. From the virus spreading and killing people, the stay at home orders being issued, schools being closed until May 1st but most likely the remainder of the school year, classes being online, not being able to see my friends or visit family, the cancellation of my prom and graduation, not getting ready for college the way I expected, and to the uncertainty of how and when this pandemic will come to an end. As we are currently living through history, this point in time will not be something I would excitedly talk to my future children about and reminiscence. I am a person with a strong belief in how there is always light at the end of this time of darkness, and I am currently fighting my pessimistic thoughts in order to hold on to this belief. Being a part of the generation that was born post- 9/11 and becoming adults during this harsh pandemic has been a heavy weight on all of our shoulders.

Back in August 2019, I was just an elated 17-year old getting ready to step into her senior year of high school and prepared to work hard and strong through the last straw of secondary school. The first semester went by successfully, as I passed all my classes so far, I got the news that I was class valedictorian, I got accepted to The Ohio State University, and I was more than ready to put in the same amount of hard work and dedication towards second semester so that I can give out the valedictory speech, walk across the stage to receive my diploma, and officially begin my preparations for college. Now in April 2020, I am a saddened 18-year old who has received news that graduation was canceled, with the possibility that it will be hosted virtually.

Having to work very hard in school for so many years just to find out that a huge life milestone has been taken away from the class of 2020 is truly disappointing. However, I fully understand that it is for the best of our safety and well-being. My major concern is that this pandemic will not get any better and that I would have to possibly start my freshman year in college, right in front of this exact computer I'm using to write this reflection. I already feel that college will be challenging with in-person and face-to-face instruction; I can only imagine how difficult it will be online at home. On top of that, I have been strongly looking forward to living my college life on campus and creating new and lasting memories.

As I do have countless of other concerns that I could talk about for hours, I will end this reflection with the hope that this pandemic will end soon. I am extremely grateful and inspired by all the healthcare professionals working in the front lines, as my biggest goal and aspiration is to become a registered nurse in the near future. I am praying for the people who are struggling with COVID-19 and their families. I am praying for our country, as we are the ones with the most cases and deaths from this virus. I am praying for all the affected areas worldwide, and hope that we all set our differences aside to come together and fight and win this war against COVID-19.

Dear Senior Year,

It seems COVID-19 has taken a toll on everyone's life recently. Many are struggling to find food or certain resources in this time of need. Others are finding this downtime helpful to explore new hobbies and try new things. For me personally, I have used this time to truly reflect and see how grateful and thankful I truly am. I have honestly never thought about what I have and how it pertains to others. During this time, I have noticed how truly grateful I am for my family, my house, and my friends among many other things. I feel like I have taken these things for granted or always wished they were better to a certain extent, and it's sad that it took a deadly pandemic for me to realize everything I have. If I were to take something positive out of this horrible situation, it would be to genuinely appreciate everything one has. At first, once school was canceled I did get upset. I thought about all the things I would be missing: senior breakfast, which I was supposed to give a speech at, tie-dying our senior shirts with the rest of the class, prom, which I was supposed to run for, potentially graduation, and just overall seeing everyone since I would probably never see some of them again. My birthday was also in March, and I had planned a huge party for my 18th. This is supposed to be a milestone, so I had rented out a hotel, had people to decorate and was going to print off invites. Thinking about missing the rest of my senior year, which was most of the activities, and my birthday being canceled set me into an almost depressive state. I would cry every day and sometimes multiple times a day. My family would walk on eggshells when talking to me and make sure not to mention anything about these specific events.

After a ton of crying and reflecting, I understood that this was for our safety. This virus is very detrimental, therefore I understand. This does not necessarily mean I am no longer upset with my senior year being altered, but I realized it could be so much worse than it already is if we did continue school. Some concerns I do still currently face is if these events would be rescheduled, specifically graduation. I have seen some online graduation ceremonies, and I do not necessarily want that. I am also wondering if the first semester of college programs would change as well. Of course, this is all dependent on how bad the virus gets and the effectiveness of social distancing. As of now, I am hoping for the best and the health and safety of everyone.

Due to COVID-19, my senior year ended months earlier than expected. For such unfortunate reasons, the year that most seniors look forward to is not exciting anymore. It has been an emotional roller coaster to the seniors, myself included. I feel powerless and stolen from my senior year during this pandemic.

Dear Senior Year,

Getting my senior year stolen away from me broke me. The hardest part is not what I am feeling, but not being able to express my feelings without being judged. Expressing my emotions about the pandemic has put me in so many unfortunate situations. A lot of people have expressed their concern about us seniors being immature. Many adults have told me to stop expressing my opinion and stated that I am being selfish towards the people affected by the coronavirus physically, mentally, or even financially. However, I have never expressed any ignorance towards a situation, but not being able to experience my feelings of sadness made me feel horrible. Little do these judgmental people know anything about my life. Being able to get out of my bed and be productive helped me develop my mentality and grow spiritually. Just being at school, work, bowling, taking pictures makes me feel alive while staying at home makes me feel unproductive.

Dear Senior Year,

I'm writing about my feelings and concerns during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. I really don't have much to say because I'm still trying to adjust to the things occurring around me and worldwide. Although I do want to say, out of all my years of going to school I would have never expected my last to end like this. It sucks that every high school senior worldwide had to end their last year like this, especially for the ones like me who play spring sports and waited all school year for this time to come. Depending on if we go back to school or not, I may not get to have a spring season in which every spring athlete looks forward to. A couple of my concerns are if/when is graduation and prom and if this will affect us going into the Fall Semester of college.

Dear Senior Year,

I'm writing about my feelings and concerns during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. I really don't have much to say because I'm still trying to adjust to the things occurring around me and worldwide. Although I do want to say, out of all my years of going to school I would have never expected my last to end like this. It sucks that every high school senior worldwide had to end their last year like this, especially for the ones like me who play spring sports and waited all school year for this time to come. Depending on if we go back to school or not, I may not get to have a spring season in which every spring athlete looks forward to. A couple of my concerns are if/when is graduation and prom and if this will affect us going into the Fall Semester of college.

Dear Senior Year,

To my senior year, you are gone but never forgotten. Senior year has taught me so much. It taught me to be more independent, to work hard, organize my time, and never give up when it gets hard. It taught me to be happy and follow my dreams.

Dear Senior Year,

To my senior year, you are gone but never forgotten. Senior year has taught me so much. It taught me to be more independent, to work hard, organize my time, and never give up when it gets hard. It taught me to be happy and follow my dreams.

Dear Senior Year,

I honestly don't know what I'm feeling at this time. I don't know if I'm happy or sad that it's over. But I know that I had fun this year so i wont be that sad. I'm mainly concerned about our graduation and what we're going to be doing after all of this “Covid19” stuff disappears.

Dear Senior Year,

I wish this it did not end so soon. I was really looking forward to finishing the year off in school, not at home. The COVID-19 ruined the great times we could have. I feel so lost with staying home all day, not being allowed to go to certain places. It's driving me insane that I have to be stuck here. Depression is taking over me and I cannot control it. My major concern is not having a graduation ceremony. I want to have that feeling of walking on that stage sitting in the stands because I made it to be in the top ten. I wanted to read my speech to my classmates, friends and family. I'm scared I won't be able to do that because of this virus. I wish things were different.

Dear Senior Year,

An unexpected pandemic has occurred that affected my senior year. Not only has it affected the upcoming events in my senior year but also it has affected my process of being prepared for college. This devastating event has changed the way I learn and the way I live. It is frustrating having to live in fear every single day, stepping outside being in contact with people and being separated from friends and family. My major concern about my senior year is not being prepared for college and not having a ceremony for graduation. Graduation is what I was looking forward to so I can walk that stage with my class and to be recognized for the accomplishments I have made.

Dear Senior Year,

I'm disappointed that I'm not walking across the stage. I'm disappointed I'm not going to prom. I'm disappointed that I can't see some of my friends for the last time. This was supposed to be our year, we have been waiting for this for forever! I wanted to be the first in my family to go to prom, I wanted to be the first in my family to walk across one stage, let alone two. It's kind of a letdown, but I'm just glad to be graduating.

Dear Senior Year,

I honestly don't have any worries or concerns as far as my senior year goes. It just would have been nice to get the full senior experience and walk the stage when I was supposed to. Academically I was already prepared for anything. I just hope that this doesn't affect my freshman year of college.

Dear Senior Year,

Getting my senior year stolen away from me broke me. The hardest part is not what I am feeling, but not being able to express my feelings without being judged. Expressing my emotions about the pandemic has put me in so many unfortunate situations. A lot of people have expressed their concern about us seniors being immature. Many adults have told me to stop expressing my opinion and stated that I am being selfish towards the people affected by the coronavirus physically, mentally, or even financially. However, I have never expressed any ignorance towards a situation, but not being able to experience my feelings of sadness made me feel horrible. Little do these judgmental people know anything about my life. Being able to get out of my bed and be productive helped me develop my mentality and grow spiritually. Just being at school, work, bowling, taking pictures makes me feel alive while staying at home makes me feel unproductive.

Dear Senior Year,

“Expect the Unexpected”: Bear Bryant. This tragic pandemic was widely unexpected. I would've never thought going into the second half of my senior year it would be ruined before it could even start. Working hard during the offseason for baseball came to a waste. Because of this virus all spring sports including baseball have been canceled for the rest of the school year. I was devastated when they told me; it sucked because our team was determined to be great this season and to prove ourselves. Also finding out about prom being canceled…Well, you wouldn't even want to know how I reacted. Prom was going to be a blast, and I was looking forward to buying a sharp suit! Graduation being canceled kind of set the mark of the school year being the worst. Now people like me might not be able to have a graduation party. Overall, my concern is that I hope this all clears up by summer because that will be the next to get ruined and without summer who knows what will happen.

Dear Senior Year,

Oh, how thoughts can change. What was once like a dream became a nightmare once reality hit. Deadlines, dues, cancellations, senior projects left unfinished, and dresses left unworn. I know you had better visions and intentions, but we can't help what has happened, and we can't go back in time. You came fast and were gone even quicker, but for all the good times you were there. Rhodes becoming the first CMSD volleyball team to make it to the second round of sectionals, allowing me to get the chance to hang with my teams for a short while. Karaoke during free period, making remixes during advisory, and so much more. Not to forget giving me the most supportive teachers anyone could ever ask for and allowing me to explore who I want to be remembered as. Things don't always work as we planned, but I know it's not your fault. Thank you for everything and I'll tell future kids to look forward to you and hope they can get all the nice things I'm still dreaming of.

Dear Senior Year,

In the beginning of our journey together, I thought everything would be perfect. Senior awards together, senior dinner dance and even graduation would be the highlights of my year, but who would have known it would all come to an end so soon. Knowing I might not get the experience I deserve really hurts me and makes me feel like I have been robbed. Not only robbed of memories to share with my friends or children but robbed of my happiness. All this hard work to just be sitting in the house to me is just unfair. I honestly would not wish this on my worst enemy because senior year is your real last youthful days, and spending those days in the house feels like a waste of school honestly. Yes, we get our education, but we were all working for that walk on the stage and that diploma granting us our ticket to the future. Not saying we will not graduate, but nothing will ever be the same.

Dear Senior Year,

You were supposed to be the best year of our lives before we left each other, but from the start, it started to go downhill fast. With everything happening right now, I feel like for the class of 2020 we worked hard and were cut short. Our class doesn't deserve this, and I feel like people don't get how much this affects the class of 2020. We do not get our prom, possibly graduation, or even our last memories together. The most concerns I have for senior year is how we are supposed to be celebrated for our hard work as students but also athletes. I play a spring sport, which gives me an outlet, but also I love it so much and right now not playing does affect me because I don't have that outlet anymore. Also with knowing people who have tested positive for the virus like my mom, stepdad, best friend's mom, and my mom's friend is scary. To be personally touched by the virus does affect many things. It requires us to step up and be adults and take care of each other, but I wasn't ready for how stressful it would be. On top of all that, online school is more complicated than what it would've been in school, and to me it's just busy work to get by this quarter. I am ready to go back to something close to normal and get on with life and not feel trapped in the house anymore. But I also have hope that everything would be better and turn out ok, so fingers crossed. This is how I feel at the moment about everything.

Dear Senior Year,

You were not what I expected. I don't feel like a senior, and I missed out on all the senior activities. It's sad that I haven't gotten to experience the most memorable events. I don't even get to say goodbye to my teachers and friends face to face. This year was supposed to be special, but that was gone in an instant. I feel cheated of the fun things that I have worked so hard for and deserve. I've had many panic attacks and have struggled with my anxiety and depression because school kept me busy. I don't have the motivation to do any work and I feel lost. What was the point in working so hard only to receive an anticlimactic ending? This virus has turned everything upside-down. I am not even worried about the virus itself but the reactions of the people and the consequences that followed. I'm not going to lie, I want to go back to school and keep my mind occupied and prepared for college. The scariest part of this time is not knowing what the future will hold. No one knows what to do, and that results in tension and overreaction. It's extremely hard for me to focus on positivity and I feel myself slipping back into my depression. All I do is sleep and I am not eating properly. I am trying to keep myself busy by doing lots of art, but I can only be alone with my thoughts for so long before it turns to negative things. I miss being in the classroom taking notes, I miss playing my violin with the orchestra, and I miss laughing with my friends and teachers. Everything is happening so fast and it's also scary. I'm about to go to college after the lack of a senior year. This year has proved to be a disappointment, and I feel as if TPS was not prepared for any crisis, which made completing work even harder. I was really looking forward to this year, because this was the year I was going to go to prom, I was going to have a senior week, and I was going to graduate with my family cheering for me in the crowd. It won't happen that way now.

Dear Senior Year,

You have been the most unpredictable part of my life so far. Nobody could ever predict that you would change and, in some ways, end after two months into the second semester. The first semester was the most challenging yet, and it also gave me realizations of how to be a better student and person overall. You really pushed me to work harder and mature in a hurry. The second semester was supposed to be a more of a laid back and less stressful experience to fully take in everything that I would lose by summer. I was taking advantage of the time I had with my friends, and it was supposed to be an unforgettable experience. And even though it was and always will be unforgettable, it came at a steep cost. I have not seen my friends and have rarely got to see my girlfriend for a month now, and it will continue to be this way for the foreseeable future. The virus has taken away many events that I was supposed to have with you such as senior prom, many moments with my friends, senior trip, and probably even graduation. I am very hurt because the class of 2020 will not be to share the same moments as everyone else, and I am concerned that everyone has already prepared to go their separate ways. But one thing I am not concerned about is you providing me with better opportunities. I found out I was going to OSU this year, I am closer than ever to my friends, and I got a new car. So thank you for everything, and though there are things I am not going to be able to experience, the year has been good enough.

Dear Senior Year,

“Expect the Unexpected”: Bear Bryant. This tragic pandemic was widely unexpected. I would've never thought going into the second half of my senior year it would be ruined before it could even start. Working hard during the offseason for baseball came to a waste. Because of this virus all spring sports including baseball have been canceled for the rest of the school year. I was devastated when they told me; it sucked because our team was determined to be great this season and to prove ourselves. Also finding out about prom being canceled…Well, you wouldn't even want to know how I reacted. Prom was going to be a blast, and I was looking forward to buying a sharp suit! Graduation being canceled kind of set the mark of the school year being the worst. Now people like me might not be able to have a graduation party. Overall, my concern is that I hope this all clears up by summer because that will be the next to get ruined and without summer who knows what will happen.

Dear Senior Year,

It seems COVID-19 has taken a toll on everyone's life recently. Many are struggling to find food or certain resources in this time of need. Others are finding this downtime helpful to explore new hobbies and try new things. For me personally, I have used this time to truly reflect and see how grateful and thankful I truly am. I have honestly never thought about what I have and how it pertains to others. During this time, I have noticed how truly grateful I am for my family, my house, and my friends among many other things. I feel like I have taken these things for granted or always wished they were better to a certain extent, and it's sad that it took a deadly pandemic for me to realize everything I have. If I were to take something positive out of this horrible situation, it would be to genuinely appreciate everything one has. At first, once school was canceled I did get upset. I thought about all the things I would be missing: senior breakfast, which I was supposed to give a speech at, tie-dying our senior shirts with the rest of the class, prom, which I was supposed to run for, potentially graduation, and just overall seeing everyone since I would probably never see some of them again. My birthday was also in March, and I had planned a huge party for my 18th. This is supposed to be a milestone, so I had rented out a hotel, had people to decorate and was going to print off invites. Thinking about missing the rest of my senior year, which was most of the activities, and my birthday being canceled set me into an almost depressive state. I would cry every day and sometimes multiple times a day. My family would walk on eggshells when talking to me and make sure not to mention anything about these specific events.

After a ton of crying and reflecting, I understood that this was for our safety. This virus is very detrimental, therefore I understand. This does not necessarily mean I am no longer upset with my senior year being altered, but I realized it could be so much worse than it already is if we did continue school. Some concerns I do still currently face is if these events would be rescheduled, specifically graduation. I have seen some online graduation ceremonies, and I do not necessarily want that. I am also wondering if the first semester of college programs would change as well. Of course, this is all dependent on how bad the virus gets and the effectiveness of social distancing. As of now, I am hoping for the best and the health and safety of everyone.

Due to COVID-19, my senior year ended months earlier than expected. For such unfortunate reasons, the year that most seniors look forward to is not exciting anymore. It has been an emotional roller coaster to the seniors, myself included. I feel powerless and stolen from my senior year during this pandemic

Dear Senior Year,

I have not been feeling my best self since this pandemic broke out. I'd never thought that being optimistic would be very difficult since bad news has been the only thing I'm getting back to back. From the virus spreading and killing people, the stay at home orders being issued, schools being closed until May 1st but most likely the remainder of the school year, classes being online, not being able to see my friends or visit family, the cancellation of my prom and graduation, not getting ready for college the way I expected, and to the uncertainty of how and when this pandemic will come to an end. As we are currently living through history, this point in time will not be something I would excitedly talk to my future children about and reminiscence. I am a person with a strong belief in how there is always light at the end of this time of darkness, and I am currently fighting my pessimistic thoughts in order to hold on to this belief. Being a part of the generation that was born post- 9/11 and becoming adults during this harsh pandemic has been a heavy weight on all of our shoulders.

Back in August 2019, I was just an elated 17-year old getting ready to step into her senior year of high school and prepared to work hard and strong through the last straw of secondary school. The first semester went by successfully, as I passed all my classes so far, I got the news that I was class valedictorian, I got accepted to The Ohio State University, and I was more than ready to put in the same amount of hard work and dedication towards second semester so that I can give out the valedictory speech, walk across the stage to receive my diploma, and officially begin my preparations for college. Now in April 2020, I am a saddened 18-year old who has received news that graduation was canceled, with the possibility that it will be hosted virtually.

Having to work very hard in school for so many years just to find out that a huge life milestone has been taken away from the class of 2020 is truly disappointing. However, I fully understand that it is for the best of our safety and well-being. My major concern is that this pandemic will not get any better and that I would have to possibly start my freshman year in college, right in front of this exact computer I'm using to write this reflection. I already feel that college will be challenging with in-person and face-to-face instruction; I can only imagine how difficult it will be online at home. On top of that, I have been strongly looking forward to living my college life on campus and creating new and lasting memories.

As I do have countless of other concerns that I could talk about for hours, I will end this reflection with the hope that this pandemic will end soon. I am extremely grateful and inspired by all the healthcare professionals working in the front lines, as my biggest goal and aspiration is to become a registered nurse in the near future. I am praying for the people who are struggling with COVID-19 and their families. I am praying for our country, as we are the ones with the most cases and deaths from this virus. I am praying for all the affected areas worldwide, and hope that we all set our differences aside to come together and fight and win this war against COVID-19.