Dear Arcadia High,
Our generation is currently living through history: a global pandemic that none of us could have ever predicted, and the ensuing chaos. Our lives have already begun to change drastically, but more change is yet to come. The last few months of this school year will not be what any of us would have hoped for, especially not for the class of 2020. The situation and things that we are going to overcome are tragic, and as a part of the student government, we have been working to create every end-of-the-year event that will likely not occur. However, we will all come out as stronger individuals because of what we will endure and sacrifice during this time.
To help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we need to listen to authorities and do our part. I am guilty of starting with the mindset that this will not affect me, but that is not true at all. By continuing our lives like nothing is wrong, we are not only helping the spread but also putting ourselves at risk. The virus is starting to affect younger and younger people, and even though you may survive, you may live with scarred lung tissue that will affect you for the rest of your life.
I encourage everyone to practice social distancing, say no to your friends, and say no to that party. We are the most virtually-connected generation, so let’s utilize our many platforms to stay in touch in different ways. We have to remember that this is not an extended break. The school year is continuing, just alternatively. Make the best of this time, and while we all will be making the difficult adjustment to online school, we have to remember that it is not just us. Our teachers are struggling too. Teachers and students all over the world are going through this together. But also, take the extra time to do things you have always wanted to do. Start a sketchbook or a journal, paint a picture, or maybe learn a language or learn to code online. There are so many things that we can do with our time and who knows what we might create.
Most importantly, we need to bear with all of our teachers as these changes are being made. Stay strong, because we are all in this together. Lastly, to my seniors, this is probably one of the saddest things that could have happened to our class. So many things have been ripped away from us, and we will not have the opportunity for a do-over. Unfortunately, all we can do is roll with the punches and accept what may come. Maybe by May, we will have our graduation and maybe we won’t. However, we cannot let that define our attitudes. We all have worked so hard to get to where we are today, and regardless of what happens, we are the Class of 2020, and we will be stronger, wiser, and better than any other graduating class. We will still graduate and go off to do amazing things, so in the midst of the chaos, stay strong, and we will weather the storm together. We may not be getting the senior year we dreamed of and saw in movies, but our experience will be unique to us and make us better for it. I want all of us to remember that this is still our year and that no matter what, we have made amazing memories within the walls of Arcadia, and at the end of the day, we are all Titans. I hope we can all be back with our Arcadia family soon.
Your Student Body President, Charlie Siegel