How seniors are making the most of their year
May 27, 2021
Covid-19 has taken away many things from us. Although the most important thing to focus on is our health and the health of the people that surround us, it is hard to not think about all of the fun things people are missing out on. The Senior class of 2021 did not get a normal senior year, they did not get traditional spirit weeks or dances, for the majority of the year they didn’t even get to sit in an actual classroom. Although these things could not be done the conventional way, many students found other ways to try and make the most of their senior year, despite the unfortunate circumstances.
Many seniors took advantage of the at home learning aspect by doing school with friends or going out to coffee shops. Many spirit weeks were done virtually. It is nice to see the school trying their best to make things feel as normal as possible, however, for seniors their last spirit week being online is not the same. “I appreciate the effort, but if I’m being frank it was futile, especially for virtual students when 90% of them don’t turn their camera on,” said senior Aiden Matula.
Prom is a major event for seniors, it is essentially one of the last big celebrations of the year. From getting ready with friends to going out to dinner and pictures, and finally attending the dance it is a night that for most seniors, they will probably remember for a long time. The class of 2021 does not get a traditional prom at school but many seniors are taking advantage of Covid restrictions becoming less restrictive and are coming up with their own celebrations. Many seniors have planned their own events with friends.
Aside from the traditional senior year festivities, many students found other ways to still enjoy the last year they have at home with friends. “I’ve really tried to get out as much as possible by watching sunrises and sunsets in different parts of Fluvanna and Charlottesville, going hiking, and trying take out from new restaurants! Definitely not an ideal year but so thankful I got this opportunity to explore Charlottesville and Fluvanna before I leave,” said senior Lea Kelly. Senior Alex Valladares said, “I tried to make the most out of everything and stay positive. One upside is I get to play soccer for one final year and have a graduation party which are things that the class of 2020 did not have the chance to do.”
Although COVID 19 turned many peoples worlds upside down, the class of 2021 did their best to push through and make the most out of it.