Dear Class of 2020,
This is not how your senior year was supposed to go. You were supposed to go to prom with your high school sweetheart and have the time of your life.
You were supposed to feel accomplished as you are recognized at your senior night for drama or a sporting event.
And let’s not forget about your senior trip that you already paid for. This was not how it was supposed to happen.
Sadly, it is
Sadly, this is how things are now. This is the reality you are facing. Missing out on all these amazing adventures you dream about for the past four years.
COVID-19 has robbed you of these experiences.
Now, what are you supposed to do? You have to go into adulthood all the while not fully prepared for what is about to happen, Your whole life has changed suddenly.
You came into this world right around 9/11. You were born into a time of sorrow and stress. Things would never be the same. Then, soon after, you started kindergarten and the next twelve years of your life.
Fast forward a couple of years and you begin high school as a freshman. You are so excited to almost be done. You look at all the seniors for three years and see the excitement of them walking across the stage at graduation to receive their diplomas. You experience their last day and cannot wait for your own.
And now, all that is taken from you. You may never make it back to the classroom, or have your family and teachers support you as you graduate. You will not get to walk across the stage with your friends if COVID-19 continues to get worse.
So, what do you do?
Enjoy your freedom and childhood while you still can. Take a moment to stop and think. Make sure to truly feel everything that is in your hearts at this time. Feel the grief of what you are missing out on, how unfair this is for you.
Something was taken away from you. You need to fully feel those emotions to embrace it and be able to move on.
After that, take a step forward. Do not forget the path you are on. Keep moving forward despite this hurtful stepback.
You can still fulfill your purpose and what you set out to do.
Your Time is Now
You were prepared for this time. It is your time to shine. While there will be setbacks due to COVID-19, you will rise from them all.
The world needs you and all you have to offer.
So don’t give up. Continue on the path you previously planned.
We are all here to support you. We know how hard this time is for you. We feel your pain and grief. But, together we will get through this and so much more.
You are strong seniors, don’t forget that.
Dear class of 2020, we love you.