Dear Class of 2020,
You did it! Congratulations!
You survived the endless group projects. You worked hard at times, slacked off at others (hey, everybody needs a mental break). You walked the hallways of your school’s campus, for years, memorizing every turn and shortcut to get to class on time.
And now you’re about to embark on a new journey. But, this isn’t just any journey. Yours is one no one has traveled before. You’re pioneering a way for us all. You’re not only experiencing history, you’re a part of it.
Because of the viral pandemic gripping the entire world, we’re all living a new norm. Shutdowns are not only sadly touching countless lives, but also many ways of life. Proms, graduations, everything that is the norm for students, are either postponed or cancelled.
All the upheaval has created a bunch of emotions; needless to say, you have the right to them all! The uncertainty, the fearfulness, the anxiousness, and everything in between! Most importantly, you’re so allowed to feel like this just isn’t fair!
Though it may seem hard, please try not don’t dwell too much on the disappointment or fear that you might not get to walk across that stage at the end of the year. Be proud of your accomplishments! Just because we can’t celebrate in the traditional way doesn’t make you any less of a student or graduate. It doesn’t mean you didn’t work incredibly hard, and it doesn’t take away those endless nights of studying or editing papers.
Needless to say, while it would be nice to have a traditional celebration of your achievements, both academic and personal, you yourself are what you should celebrate. Celebrate all you’ve done, all you’ve experienced, and who you are about to become.
So stay positive, stay safe, stay sane, and most importantly, stay home. I’m rooting for all of you. This too shall pass and the promise of tomorrow is brighter than a moment.
A Recent College Grad, Class of 2019