9 weeks have passed since the day the school announced the news that no one wished to hear. Since then, our schedule has repeated itself over and over again: We wake up, join some Zoom classes, finish our homework, and sleep. There surely wasn't the diversity of fun like we would have had in school, and the weekends suddenly became the most tedious time slot for me (unpopular opinion, sorry). Without anything to do, I was just too lazy to even get out of bed! And with that, time whizzed by like a speeding bullet and soon, there were only 3 weeks left of school.
So that's the end of my junior year... I thought. One more year and my trip as a Pirate would be officially over. The concept of being a senior already frightens me a little. To be on the top of the 'social hierarchy'? Unheard of. After all, the previous seniors have done an amazing job as leaders of the community. There were a plethora of stereotypes: Some amazingly talented, some really social, some hilarious, some hardworking, but most importantly, they were a class with multiple strengths and was a class that held together strongly. These people were always the ones who would encourage me to take risks, and alongside that give me advice on college applications and what to expect as a senior.
With the tradition of signing their yearbooks to thank them now 'impossible', I immediately thought of a decent alternative: writing them a letter.
All you need is a pen and paper!
In the beginning, I was only planning to write a handful to some of my closest senior friends, but that soon got expanded into people that I've met over the past year, across all grades, that I'm extremely grateful for. This year has been one with the most firsts: First time on a college tour, the first time in a fall play, first time improvising an instrument for a full-time production, first time working the snack bar and babysitting, and obviously, first time doing online learning and building a 4000-piece LEGO set. There was so much to recap if I had to put it in a blog that I could write on for days! And with these letters, I really hoped that I could express my sincerity and love for these amazing people who've really carried me through this crazy year.
Showing a little love on the back of the envelope (no sponsors!)
And sure enough, I got a lot of positive feedback. Many were super happy and surprised to receive a letter from me, and said the letter made their day. The letters did their job: I was glad that it gave other people a little bit of sunshine for their day. This pandemic didn't pull us apart; it brought us even closer together.
It just wasn't in the form of a hug. Which I truly miss.
But anyhow, all I could hope for is that my senior year would just be dazzling as this year. Hopefully we won't need to stay in by then and could really enjoy the presence of having one another!
All the letters packed and ready to go!