In Response to “The Pandemic and Our Social Lives”

In Response to The Pandemic and Our Social Lives

Jenieke Calloway

I wholeheartedly agree with Collin Bullock’s November 13th article, “The pandemic and our Social Lives: The Social Impact” that students have plans of travel to do after the pandemic and they should pursue such things. Unfortunately, this can’t be more desired than ever for all students as some face financial restrictions, loss of family, or outside plans where breaks would fit into their lives.

 

Students and adults in this year have been impacted by this pandemic beyond just having hope as their savior. The burnout some seniors have faced created other underlying issues such as severe anxiety, depression and stress levels higher than what can be known. To simply travel after this ends wouldn’t fix the everlasting issues students face now after balancing Coronavirus and school, but would allow some resemblance of a break to solve these issues they have. 

 

“I think that just feelings of worthlessness makes me go to sleep to just avoid doing work and then I don’t want to do work because I don’t feel there mentally,” says Emma S., a senior at SWHS. And this is countrywide too, as many students have created tiktoks about this everlasting burnt-out feeling they gained from school beginning again. 

 

Even more students comment on how their education this year has placed such pressure on them. Borsha Sarker, a senior at SWHS says, “I think being in such an unprecedented yet stressful time really put the pressure on students because we feel overworked and drained being on our chromebooks constantly. Thats all our days consist of now. Just work.”

 

To take a travel vacation after such a year would be rewarding past the vacation sense. It would act as a reward for surviving one of the hardest years of their lives as a teenager dealing with many factors in life. A vacation isn’t only needed, it is required for the tension students have faced in 2020 and will face throughout their lives.