oregon

Citizen

I am a junior in highschool living on the west coast. My experience during quarantine was exhausting. I was so happy when I first heard we were getting 2 weeks off of school. Until everything was closing down and the world was just going insane. Being stuck in the house all day just drained my mental health throughout the months and months and I just started losing myself. It felt like. I started to find myself just staying in bed all day, not cleaning my room, and not doing my school work. I just felt stuck. My advice on this situation is just have hope you aren’t alone even though it feels like finding a new hobby, do the things you love with the people you love, talk about how you feel! Life is hard but it will get better don’t give up on yourself at hard times. You are all you got.

usa

Citizen

Covid… it just sucks. Although lockdown has been not so bad for me. I stayed working throughout the entire time, I still saw my friends after it was a bit safer to go out. Before you yell at me for leaving the house during lockdown just note I'm fully vaccinated and never have had it or been in contact with someone who has. Throughout lockdown my life did change a lot, i have a whole new personality, i just like to say i found myself. School kind of sucked, I hated doing online school. I'm so grateful to be back in a building and around people again. Masks or not, I'm glad things are back to normal.

america

Essential Worker

I am a 16 year old student of the coolest highschool, wearing a mask in class n thinkin what I might do. to write this essay but my mind is pretty messy i put it in a rhyme because my teacher lets me. Thinkin bout the pandemic the stress is never ending but i still seem to push thru with every single second, because im human my dream im steady pursuing, learned much over the years i thought where ruined but as i look back i realize i compact, years of knowledge n wisdom in two quick acts, cause see i, now know there's more then what they show, humans are my then flesh n thats what i propose, we got the power to change, but these habits keep us chained, distractions got me actin in wonderis weird ways. Advice id give to those goin thru what i did, is keep your head up no matter how bad it might get, sometimes it feels so lonely like noone knows me, embrace the silence create a better new me. Thats all i got to say the new year is on its way give thanks to those who made it easier day by day.

US

Citizen

I'm a 16 year old girl. I live in Oregon, and I'm in highschool. The pandemic was horrible. My experience was staying home and babysitting alone all day long. A lot happened during the pandemic. I just hated it. My advice is to not babysit your little sister during a pandemic for 9-10 hours a day. Also drop out of school so you don't have to do school during a pandemic. Online sucks but if you fight you'll get through it. Overall covid sucks and ruins a lot for a lot of people, bye.

oregon

Citizen

I am a highschool student in Oregon, I'm on track to graduate a year early. I do mma and train at an amazing gym. I hope one day to be in the ufc. My experience with the pandemic was off. It felt as if I had no one. The pandemic brought me a lot of bad things and also good things. It was hard and boring. I hated it but there were times when I didn't. To all the people who are having hard times or think the pain won't stop. It will stop one day. You'll find your way out of the darkness soo. I promise you all that, you guys will all find light. I hope everyone gets through this, stay safe everyone.

US

Citizen

I’m a junior in highschool in Oregon, and an older and younger brother also. I am one of those teens that struggles with school due to the fact that I literally hate it and my ADHD always has me wandering off somewhere in “ LaLa Land” or I’m just off task in general. On top of that we have a school and at home life but we have to live it through a pandemic , and always have to have a mask on, but I got used to it really.

My experience through the pandemic wasn’t really too good, when COVID-19 first hit i had just got suspended from school for a fight and wasn’t really looking forward to going back to school anyways and then i heard that the pandemic shut down the schools and that we wouldn't be going and i was kind of happy, but the part i was soon to find out was even worse, we had to do work online and im not a technology/computer geek so i chose not to do any work and i fell behind. I kept getting bored in the house and leaving and I wasn’t making good decisions and long story short i was in detention for most of the pandemic, i finally got out and came home still to the pandemic, school is still the same , i still hate it but i think it’s getting a little better and i'm glad to be back out free and making better decisions in life.

If there was any advice I would give anybody my age it would be to make smart decisions because your actions will always catch up to you. And for the pandemic part, i don’t like it just as much as anybody else, but at least you’re still alive and not everything is shut down anymore. Also life gets hard but don't ever give up because hard work pays off and if I’m being honest, this life shit is a job. And also yes school gets hard and you want to quit but education is very much needed.

Moral of what I’m saying is just keep pushing and make right decisions for a better outcome in life.

United States

Citizen

Hello, I am a high school student in the United States. When the pandemic hit it didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, I remember thinking not much would change from it. I never thought it would be something that has lasted the past 2 years and continues today. After some time I started feeling bored inside and being with my family all the time had its challenges too. It felt like “normal life” had been completely flipped upside down. Doing school online, staying in my house, missing out on seeing friends and family were all new challenges I had never faced. After some time of adjusting and finding new ways to enjoy things I loved while staying safe got me through it and being with my family all the time became something I miss now that I'm back in school and out more. The pandemic hit everyone hard, in different ways, and everyone had their own set of challenges. Finding ways to adapt, starting a new hobby, or spending time on myself, were all great things that came out of the pandemic for me. Taking a hard experience and finding a way to overcome it or change it into something good is something I took away from the pandemic. Going forward finding the good in a bad situation and figuring out what I can do with something hard to make it better is what I learned from this whole experience. So just remember even with hard experiences and change there always is something you can take from it and with time it can get better.

United States

Citizen

Dear world

During the pandemic, I had a lot of free time even with school started up it didn’t take much of my day up, me being an irresponsible person and avid procrastinator did absolutely nothing, I stayed home and sat all day long, I would eat absurd amounts on a daily basis, with little to no physical activity, I smoked, sometimes drinking out with friends, not showing up to work, or showing up under the influence. just waiting for a disaster, for time to pass. I had just gotten out of a relationship and was in a bad state. I got to the point where I hated myself (which may or may not be a feeling everyone has experienced), I dropped most of my friends and I’ve never really had much family around, no one to show me what I was doing wrong. I even got arrested during this phase, a felony in fact for an assault charge. The felony thankfully was dropped because I pleaded guilty. because I was a minor I was able to clear my record. also because I was on good terms with the victim after the incident. I apologized and agreed to better myself, whether it was for me, or those around me. It was around that time when I really started to understand that I need a direction, a passion, so I sat down, wrote down every flaw I had, everything I hated about myself, and being realistic I worked on these flaws day by day, I quit drinking, I went down to the local gym and signed up, Working on everything physical, and a good chunk mental, I improved my relationships with friends, and work. I started eating better, got myself in the food is fuel mindset, I found a good group of friends to surround myself with, and I started to care… the feeling of realizing you have a purpose, and the world is there for you to conquer and to be your best, the realization of the importance of self-care. The importance of empathy, is the greatest feeling, the biggest rush of euphoria. About 2 years ago that took place, I’m a junior now and I have plans to graduate(i know I’m young) next year and am on track to do so. And to think I’m still only just starting… Now I’m currently sitting at 190lbs and leaner, I’m in better health, I can manage myself and my schedule, and I have a good work ethic and a strive to learn and grow, in every possible aspect I can, socially, financially, and educationally. I have dreams that I want to pursue in culinary arts, doing construction and auto-mechanics on the side as a trade. All of this is because I asked myself who do I want to be? Who do I want to be to others around me? And it was hard, it took a lot of willpower, good discipline to and I wish to aid others on their journey as well, and writing about this makes me feel narcissistic but my end goal is for everyone around me to thrive, even if that requires selfish acts, but I will say I think the greatest tool I had to my use was open-mindedness, You don't have to learn other peoples ways, or adopt them, but listen to them, know how things can be looked at in many different ways, understand you aren’t perfect and you can be wrong, but that doesn't mean you shouldn’t try to be your best version, take what you do wrong and learn from it. My biggest piece of advice, Patience, stuff takes time and sometimes you’ll find a shortcut, keep on the same path don’t take it, you will learn more, and in the end, it will be worth it (unless it is the logical thing to do, be smart about it too). The mind is an ever-expanding universe, always able to develop and take in, new info, emotions, perspective, thoughts, etc. even when I’m 50 and think I am wise and adjusted, ill still be learning, maybe even more. Anyways my covid experience was an overall 5/10, I grew a lot as a person and I hope this story was somewhat interesting, I find them interesting; learning about people that is. But I hope if you are reading this, you have a great day and always keep striving.

USA

Citizen

Hey there, whoever is reading this. I’m a person obsessed with certain things and currently in class. I know, vague right? That’s the point. I’ll give you two details about me though. I love Criminal Minds, and I live in Oregon. Cue the “what is Oregon?” conversation. It’s where Twilight was filmed. But anyways, I hope you’re reading this and feel safe, comforted and connected to. You’re not alone.

COVID-19 has us in a death grip and will not let us go. It’s taking away our experiences, our loved ones, our jobs. Personally, I’ve missed a whole year of highschool due to covid, about 3-4 months of spending time with my boyfriend, and lost my father and couldn’t even see him in his last moments. This virus takes our time and our mental wellbeing. Who knows how many experiences of high school I’ve missed, how many dates, a hug from my dad, etc. I am ready for this to be over. I want to be able to go somewhere with my family without a mask. I want to not notice every single time someone touches something or coughs into their hand. I want to not be worried when I hear a cough. I want to not be scared that my family will catch covid and die.

So, how does one stay sane during the pandemic? Lots of sleep, snuggles from dogs, hyperfixations, and staying as social as you can possibly handle. Do not isolate yourself, it will make matters worse. I’m not saying go out to coachella with no mask with your friends and put yourself in danger, but text them. Call them. Go out to a movie with your mask on. Please keep your mask on so we can beat this virus to the ground. Another piece of advice, do not, I repeat do NOT let COVID-19 take away your life, your happiness. Go out once in a while. See your partner. Go to a restaurant. Have a sleepover. Doing things is not evil. Living your life is not evil. Just do not put yourself or others in danger by doing so. Get tested, wear your mask if needed, socially distance, get vaccinated, just be safe. Last but not least, get vaccinated. You’re not gonna be tracked, not going to lose fertility, etc. You will be safer and the people around you will be safer. If you’re worried about the tracking thing though, you’re already tracked all the time with your phone. Sorry.

So, that’s what I’ve got to say. Live your life and be safe, and remember, other people are struggling too. You are not alone, please lean on one another during this time. Thanks for reading, if anyone is reading this.

United States

Citizen

Hey, I’m a 16 y/o high school student. I’m here to tell you about my experiences in this pandemic. And mannn I’d just describe this whole pandemic in one word- crusty loll. These past couple years been tough man. Not just because of lockdown and so much change, but also so much going on in my personal life as well; Just like most of us. The pandemic just makes those things 10x harder to deal with. Having most of my highschool experience taken away from me has been rough too. It’s not fun to be home all the time and just be isolated and unproductive, it can really weigh on you. But I’m here to tell you you’re not alone in this at all, even though It’s been nothing but lonely, so many people can relate to you and me. Over the pandemic, I’ve had a looot of time to self reflect and find some better ways to cope with everything. I realized developing healthy hobbies/coping skills would benefit me in a lot of ways. I’ve gotten really into playing sports and exercise, not only is it good for the body, but also the mind. Lots of days I don't feel like getting up and doing that, but honestly, i've learned that if you Just do it without thinking about it, you wont regret it and you will feel good afterwards. I know it's hard but doing slight productive activities can really bring you out of an unmotivated, depressed mood; and make you feel inspired enough to be productive in other ways too. A little motivation goes a long way, the power is within you to find it, and use it to its full potential! P.S. The activity doesnt have to be exercise, it can be anything from doing your makeup, drawing, listening to music, playing a sport, going for a walk, cooking food, ect. Anything you enjoy!! I hope I helped manifest A positive message into your life as an individual, if you took the time to read this loll. Stay safe, I Love You All! <3<3

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