Athens, OH 31 August 2020 –
If your last six months looked anything like mine, they consisted of spending time outside, watching Netflix, and meeting on Zoom calls. While my last six months did not look the way I expected, they were a unique experience that I have valued.
In the spring, I was able to celebrate my younger sister’s high school graduation. While it may have looked a little different this year, as the ceremony was virtual, I was so excited for her to complete this milestone.
The months that followed also looked a little different than expected. I stayed at home with my family, which consisted of spending time outside, watching shows and movies together, and phone calls to stay in touch with others. This fall, I am completing the remainder of the semester remotely, which is something that I have never experienced. It has been a different experience physically distancing from others outside my immediate family.
I am currently a senior studying mechanical engineering. At this point in my college career, my future has been on my mind. While I am thinking about the future, I am also considering the present. With my own graduation quickly approaching, I realize that I may never get this time back again. I am unsure where my future will lead me, but I may not be able to see my family as much as I have in recent months.
While my parents worked from home during part of the last six months, they would have typically been at work. My sister and I would have been at work this summer as well. While the recent months were not what I expected, my family and I were able to spend a great deal of time together. This time is something that I will always cherish because it is something that cannot be replaced.
During these unprecedented times, I have learned to cherish what you have and that each day brings a new opportunity to grow. Stay safe, stay healthy, and go bobcats!