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We're All Doing Our Part
 3/29/2020

Roman Schroyer
Sehome High School, Class of 2021
 

The last few weeks on planet Earth have been unusual, hectic, and a little frightening. We are experiencing something that nobody in our lifetime has ever experienced in the past, and that is a scary thought. Professional sporting events are being cancelled, schools are closing, we’re being told to stay home and avoid social interaction, and we don’t know what else is to come. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the globe and bringing most of our lives to a major halt. When this virus was first discovered, I had no idea it would be something that would impact my life so much - I thought that it would be another problem that I wouldn’t have to deal with. At this point in time, the Coronavirus has caused my school to close for six weeks, I’m not allowed to leave my house, and I don’t know what else is to come. I wasn’t expecting this random pathogen to pop up and press the pause button on my life - I wanted to keep going to school, keep wrestling, keep preparing for Ski-to-Sea, but unfortunately, along with millions of others, I’m stuck at home.

I first heard of the Coronavirus in early January. It was the heart of wrestling season and I was completely focused on the season at hand when the virus broke out in Wuhan.  I barely gave it a second thought. I didn’t think that it could eventually impact me until I heard about the case in Everett. Everybody I talked to had the same thought: “Of course the first case of Coronavirus in the United States had to be in our home state.” Now the situation seemed a bit more real. It was on my mind a bit more frequently, people were talking about it more often, it was becoming likely that it would impact us. I didn’t know how it would, until it finally did in early March with the cancellation of the annual Science-Olympiad competition in Seattle. Some schools had already started to be cancelled and it was a scary thing to be impacted firsthand. This was the first real consequence of COVID-19 in my school community, and the topic started exploding into our classroom environment.

In AP Lang, we had discussions about our opions - what we thought should be done, when we thought school should be cancelled, things like that. In Pre-Calc we each gave our predictions of when/if we thought school was going to get cancelled. One would think these discussions would raise anxiety levels and fear, but it did the opposite. These discussions calmed me and gave me a sense of control over the situation, despite having none. The future was up in the air for the first time in my life.  It was, and still is, a little bit frightening.
 
After the cancellation of Science-Olympiad, the impacts of COVID-19 started coming quicker and in more rapid succession. Next, our ASB election assembly was cancelled. I was running for a position and was extremely frustrated that I would not be able to deliver my speech to the student body in person, instead having to do it via video. This opened my eyes and the reality of the situation finally hit me in the face.  I realized that school was most likely going to get cancelled soon. I didn’t know what to feel.  I didn’t want to miss out on all the experiences that came along with junior year.  I wanted to continue my education, see my friends every day, have a junior prom...but at that point in time, I didn’t have very high hopes. Approximately one week later, it happened, and everybody saw it coming. I was in my seventh period math class coming back from lunch when the Governor made the announcement.  We all watched it live in class.  The announcement that schools would be closing for 6 weeks seemed surreal. Some people jumped from their seats with joy, the idea of missing school excited them.  Others sat with mixed emotions, not looking forward to 6 weeks at home.

Coronavirus is an unprecedented epidemic in modern society. Nobody alive today has experienced anything like this before. Whether it’s from school being cancelled or losing a job, this virus has no doubt impacted each one of us in one way or another. Just as today was unclear three weeks ago, the future is unclear to us. The course of this epidemic could take unknown turns, extending, or shortening the duration. Right now, what’s important is that we’re all doing our part to combat the spread of COVID-19. Staying at home, practicing physical distancing from others, staying clean. The best thing we can do to get through this is to do our part, stay safe, and focus on what we can control.


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