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Jasmine Stinson

March 25, 2020

By Jasmine Stinson 

Senior year, the year everyone’s been waiting for. The year of lasts. The year of senior pranks, senior skip days, final sports seasons, senior prom, and graduation. Now, imagine all of that being ripped away from you. That’s exactly what happened. 

The Corona Virus took away the last 12 years that I have worked for. At first, it was just this illness we heard about in China that didn’t matter to us. Then, it was in the U.S. Alarming, but we still weren’t worried. Then, it hit Nebraska and everything changed. 

Businesses and schools shut down, drastically changing the lives of everyone in the community. 

I have been looking forward to my senior year my whole life. This year has been filled with plenty of ups and downs, but I never expected it to end like this. Something that really stuck with me was when our letters from 7th grade were handed out just in case we weren’t coming back. 

In that moment, it sunk in. I might not ever see any of these people again. Never walk the halls, never lug around my backpack, never sit in the bleachers, and never experience high school ever again. I built so many great relationships with teachers and my peers. 

Sadly, it was the last day. Although currently it is uncertain if we will ever return again, we do know one thing: things will never be the same. 

Prom has been cancelled and so many hearts have been shattered. Wearing that dress my senior year and dancing the night away with my friends for one last time is a memory I have always wanted and now it’s been stripped away. 

I have been out for track all 4 years of high school, and this year was cut short. The Corona virus completely demolished it. All of the hours I have dedicated to the sport, and I don’t get a happy ending. 

At this point, I’m just hoping I don’t have to look for my diploma in the mail, that I still get to walk across the stage.

I am trying to stay positive and look forward to what the future holds, but right now it doesn’t look promising.

COVID-19 has taken away many things from me, but it will definitely be a year I won’t forget. 


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