Letter to My Fellow Seniors

Tori DeAngelis

Dear Class of 2020,

I write to you all sitting in my bedroom where I have spent a majority of quarantine in. I know most of you are in the same position. Never in a million years did we think that we were going to leave this chapter of our life like this. The week that the virus blew up, we thought nothing of it, we thought it meant a few weeks off of school and we were stoked. Little did we know that that Friday was the last day we were going to step foot in Dakota High School.

The future is pretty much up in the air right now and we are all wanting answers to burdening questions. Will I ever be able to say goodbye to my friends and teachers? Are we going to get our prom that we waited four years for? Am I going to be able to walk across the graduation stage to receive my diploma? Our worst fears are that we won’t be able to do any of these things. I’m not going to sugarcoat anything and say “everything is going to be all right” because we don’t know if it will be. All I can say now is yes, our senior year pretty much sucks. It sucks that we may not be able to do the things that we have waited our elementary, middle school, and high school careers for.

Some of us are even going out of state for college. Personally, I am going to University of Nebraska-Lincoln which is twelve hours away from Michigan and I know that some seniors are traveling even further. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to see any of my friends again before I have to depart for the new chapter of my life. I’m afraid that I’ll have to spend my summer standing 6 feet apart from anyone and I will still be stuck in my very same bedroom.

We all said that 2020 will be the year to remember. This is not what we meant by that but trust me when I say incoming generations will know the class of 2020 as the seniors whose year got ruined by COVID-19.

I’m not saying that we should give up hope on having a normal end of senior year because we all know that Mr. Koskos and the rest of administration will do all they can in order to salvage the important parts of senior year. So fellow seniors, I don’t want you to push away the fact that we are upset and want to get out of the house but embrace it. We are the strongest senior class yet, in my opinion, and after this, we will be able to get through ANYTHING.

Sincerely

A fellow senior