One Big Family

Written by: Natasha Leong


I’m Sophie Hu, I live in New York— around 30 minutes outside of the city. I’m 18 and I’ll be starting college in the fall at UChicago. I also enjoy playing soccer, hanging out with friends, traveling and exploring, and listening to music…

Around early March, I heard about the coronavirus, but because it wasn’t in my community, it wasn’t really on my radar. One day, I got an email around mid-March that there were a couple of faculty in my school district that were affected by COVID-19. Initially, my school planned to take a week-long break, but it just kept getting extended and extended. My family and I decided that we were going to stay in our house in Montana. I ended up staying there for a couple of months.

Everyday, my parents watched CNN for pandemic updates. Things just kept getting worse and worse… and being from New York made watching the news even harder. I think New York handled the coronavirus well eventually, but initially, seeing the numbers rise and rise was really scary.

Everyone always says that the second half of senior year is where all the fun is. All of our school’s senior traditions are during the second half of the year, too. It sucked having all of that taken away. It definitely hurt knowing that the kids before us had these traditions and the kids after us will have these traditions, but we won’t ever have them. On the bright side, at least the class of 2020 is all in this together. This year is definitely one that we’ll always remember. Not everyone can say that they graduated during a global pandemic.

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