A Senior’s Thoughts During Quarantine
by Aimee Zirker: Brightonian Staff
I knew the announcement that school was closing for the rest of the year was coming, but I didn’t prepare myself for the emotional aspect of it. After the announcement came out I started thinking about all the things that I wouldn't be able to do. You don’t realize how important your senior year is until you don’t have it. And since I have all the time in the world now, I’ve thought a lot about how much high school meant to me. I always complained about Senioritis and how much I wanted to graduate, but I didn’t think that would come two months earlier than I expected.
One of the biggest things I think I’m upset about is graduation. I know everyone is going to do everything they can to make sure the class of 2020 still has some kind of graduation, but it’s not going to be the same. At the rate things are going, large gatherings such as graduation are not even going to be possible until June at the earliest. Instead of walking across the stage right after school gets out, we might have to wait a few more weeks. Even if we are able to have an actual graduation, it’s not going to be the same.
I’m also sad about all the big events I’m going to miss. Prom is the obvious one, but also all of the awards nights and senior events. Senior breakfast probably isn’t going to happen, senior ditch day is also a no. All of these things that I didn’t think were a big deal are pretty much gone. Thankfully I got to go to Prom last year, but I was waiting for my senior prom to have the time of my life. I do hope we still have some kind of prom and I know everyone is going to work hard to make sure we still get something, but again, it’s not going to be the same.
Above all, I’m going to miss all the little friendships I made over these past four years. I still talk to my good friends so I still have a while to say goodbye to them. I’m sure there will still be some kind of goodbye party for all the seniors, but at events like that I only talk to my good friends. I made unique friendships with people in my classes and I wouldn’t ever talk to them outside of the classroom. It’s those little friendships that I’m going to miss. I thought I would still have two months to say goodbye to them, but I didn’t even get the chance.
Having my senior year taken away is definitely not the end of the world, but it still sucks. I have a lot of regrets and I encourage everyone to make the most out of each and every day. No one could have seen this coming, but if I had lived my best life everyday then I don’t think I would be as upset. As we’ve seen, things can change overnight so go out and seize the day.