Jessica Salas (Senior) Magnolia

When this virus struck in March, and schools were beginning to close, I found myself with much more free time than I usually had. Along with that, I wasn’t allowed to see my friends and the shift from in-person to online school was quite difficult. I also remember panic happening among my family because we had feared my parents were going to lose their jobs. To say the least, the first few months of social distancing was tough. Now, I have become accustomed to distancing learning and the fear that I once had is not as prominent. However, the amount of free time I have and being in my house most of the time has led to some mental health issues, such as high anxiety which has sometimes made it hard to function on a day to day basis. Besides that, I feel that the extra time has also given me clarity and allowed me to focus on what is going on in the world and how I can further help. All in all, COVID – 19 has greatly impacted the world and the billions of people living on it, and will continue to shape society as a whole in the future.

Carol Juarez, Senior (Magnolia)

    Covid has really affected me lately. I’m now at home everyday and it really affected me socially. Not being able to speak to friends and see people on a regular basis is hard for me. Also, now that school is closed it has really had an effect on my school life. I’m not used to being at home all the time and working on my computer for 8 hours, like we’re usually in a classroom surrounded by other students. With social distancing and all, we now separate ourselves from other parts of society. This has made me feel very much disconnected from my friends and family. All though we have social media to communicate with, it’s always better to talk in person and with this virus we can’t really do that.

Samantha Valez Senior (Magnolia)

Covid has impacted my life greatly. My life has been very unsocial. I use to visit family almost every week and now it’s rare when I do see them. It’s really hard not being able to see your loved ones, it also causes a lot of distance. This results in losing touch with people like friends that you only see at school.My sister recently had her first baby, my niece Ellenie. We wanted to try our best to be safe so everyone who lives with me had to quarantine 3 months before she was born and a month after. That’s an incredibly long time to not socialize with anyone other than your family. This also caused many issues because you start to feel very contained. I recently went out for the first time in a long time and there was so many people around me that when I came back home I had to quarantine again and get tested. I have become very attached to my niece because I help take care of her and the time period of my quarantine to get tested felt like forever. Not being able to hold her when she cries or be close to her is something I never want to feel again. 

Thomas Nguyen, Senior (Magnolia)

Senior year supposed to be magical. Putting on your suit for prom, late night party at Disney with friends, or walking the path of graduation and receiving your diploma. I envision this being my senior year, only for it now to be a fantasy. The COVID-19 pandemic appeared and took away what could have been one of the best experiences of my life, my disappointment was immeasurable at first. But as the days unfold, I have come to accept the situation. As the pandemic breakout, news scattered on the internet about families losing their income, financially broken and massive death toll. It is that, when I come to terms with the event and appreciate that I am still lucky to have my family keeping their jobs and still being healthy. And rather, I should be grateful for this peacefulness that still resides in my life. I started spending time learning new skills: coding, guitars, cooking. And learn to self-entertain. This time might be tough, but I believe coming out of this pandemic will make me stronger, more disciplined and resilient for any future events.

Sanaa Abdulkarim, Senior (Magnolia)

As a senior it has been hard dealing with this quarantine, because these last three months are known to be the most exciting field months of the high school experience. And not being able to even say goodbye to my friends has been truly hard to think about. I’m glad that we’re home and staying safe, but I wish there was a way to go back and just go back to the good old days.

Nataly Frisan, Sophomore (Magnolia)

During these harsh times of COVID-19 all I think about is how drastically everyone’s lives have changed. The days pass by quicker than ever and I really just miss my friends a lot, being stuck inside my family drives me insane. I feel as if certain people don’t take this seriously and they out and socialize without realizing the consequences. If everyone just stayed inside things could bow over faster, but you can’t control what others do. The only thing I’m hoping for is being able to go outside and make memories again.

Julio Osuna, Senior (Savanna)

The COVID-19 Pandemic has truly taken a toll on everyone’s life. I understand where everyone comes from. We are all going through different things, but for me it’s been my senior year. Senior year is something we all look forward to and me being such an involved student it’s really been hard. I took part in planning all my senior events and for them to all be cancelled along with our graduation just made it all really hard. I feel a lack of motivation to continue on with not only my school work but in my personal life as well. Honestly I do feel bad that I’m complaining about this and I’m aware that others go through more but this is my life and what I’m going through in this pandemic. I honestly hope this all ends soon so that it won’t go into college but it’s not looking so well. If I’m being honest I don’t know how they expect us to continue through life if everything is paused except our education.

Kelly Rodriguez, Junior (Magnolia)

After a whole year of preparing for my first Prom, AP exam and second semester grades for my college applications, it all changed in a blink of an eye. As we quarantine in our homes, I find myself struggling to remain motivated in adjusting to this new way of learning. The one event I was in charge of for ASB was Prom, but now I am saddened at the fact that I won’t see my ideas come to life. Now’s the time I must remain mentally strong in order to finish my Junior year right, and start preparing for any other future obstacles. On the bright side, I am happy to have my family safe and healthy as we take the precautions needed to avoid such viruses.

Carissa Pearl Moya, Senior (Magnolia, Final)

Although my experience as a senior is far from what my imaginations wandered to months or years ago, I am beyond grateful for all the memories I made throughout my four years at Magnolia High School. From the bottom of my heart, my gratitude goes out to all my friends, family, teachers, mentors, and fellow peers. It has been one hell of a rollercoaster but I cannot wait to continue my success in California State University of Long Beach.

Crystal Martinez, Senior (Magnolia)

Since the beginning of the school year, I was super excited for senior year. It’s where you say your goodbyes to your friends, teachers, and make your last memories as a teenager before turning into an adult. But, when COVID-19 came, I became devastated that we had to extend the dismissal of the school year. Yes, it’s not the time to complain how we can’t have a prom or our senior activities when people around us are infected, but we deserve to feel upset about this situation since we are the only class that this has occurred to. This has affected me as a student to think that I spent 12 years excited for my senior year to only get a virtual graduation, something we were not expecting. But, I hope later after quarantine is over that we will celebrate one last time together as a class of 2020.