The past year has looked a lot different for people all over the world. Due to the pandemic, many people have been forced to change their normal routine. People have changed to working from home, or in my case, doing school work from home. At the beginning of COVID-19 I hated online school. I was lazy and did not feel like trying to learn from home. As my junior year of high school came to an end, I couldn’t wait to get back to in person learning. However, when the school year came around this year, the pandemic only got worse. We were doing online school to start my senior year and I hated it. Once we got to in person learning I felt relieved… but something still felt off. Not all of my friends were there, we are forced to wear masks all day and school just was not the same. I quickly came to the realization that my senior year was basically ruined, but I wanted to make the most out of it.

I play basketball so there was always a concern with the season being cancelled. I have played my whole life and if the season got cancelled during my senior year I would have been devastated. But, me and my team were lucky enough to be able to go to practice everyday and get better. As the season rolled around, many kids were getting quarantined and unable to play. I was being really cautious about being in social environments because I did not want to be quarantined and miss out on playing. I was lucky enough to be able to play all 23 games of the season. I made the most out of it knowing that it would be my last time playing organized basketball at that level. Everyday at practice coach reminded us how strong we were and really focused on the concept of “fighting through adversity.” It was a really emotional way to end my basketball career and I am glad I was able to be apart of such a great organization.

When basketball ended and I was just going to school everyday, I hated it. I had nothing to look forward to and school just was not normal. I decided that I wanted to switch to online school again. My main reason for this was because I wanted to get a job and be able to do school work on my own time. I was already doing online classes through Akron so it was the best decision for me.

Now here I am, working 5 days a week and still able to complete all of my school work from home at my own pace. I do miss going into school and seeing my friends everyday, but I don’t regret my decision. I am really looking forward to this summer and going off to college because the past year has sucked! The pandemic has changed everything for us seniors. Our graduation, our prom and daily school activities. None of my friends could come support me at my basketball games, and I couldn’t go to their games. We are living in a crazy time and I cannot wait for this all to be over.

17 years old... Akron CCP Student