AllSportsTucson.com has reached out for high school seniors to write the class of 2020 a letter during this unique time of their schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s letter was written by Salpointe Catholic High School volleyball player Lauren Krawitz, who will attend the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., and play for the Golden Knights.
Dear Class of 2020,
Although the end of our senior year and senior seasons were not ideal, this pandemic has marked the start of something new: new thinking, new appreciation, and new ways of life. We could focus on how we were robbed of our last prom, our last season, all of the “Senior Sundays,” and most importantly, graduation. Or we can remember the memories we do have, such as homecoming, formal, football games, and all of the fun we experienced in the first semester. This situation was unforeseen; however, we can use it to grow in gratitude for the little things we used to take for granted, like walking into the mall to embarrassingly run into our teachers, or to see our friends.
We may have lost the opportunity to walk across the stage to be handed our diplomas or score the state winning catch, block, or goal, but it is important to think of the things that you have gained during this time of quarantine. This could be spending more time with your family before leaving for college, getting outside, working out more, or even just getting away from all of the chaos, cozying up in bed and watching Netflix.
I know it is tough in the present and to not get what we have been anticipating for so long in our past, but I encourage you to proceed to the future, using this experience to learn. Our generation has now been marked by a pivotal time; we are among the first to experience something like this, and we can use it to fuel change for generations to come. We were born into a time of crisis with terrorism during 9/11, have experienced many ongoing wars, the spread of Ebola, and numerous dangerous internet trends, but we have preserved, and with each conquered step, we work toward a better society. We can help shape the future with our knowledge and experience in the midst of this pandemic, as well as creating a new outlook on any future setbacks. Life never happens the way we expect it to; if it did, it would be boring and predictable. With all of this said, I push you to see the light in this situation and look forward to the future because it is bright!
Salpointe Catholic, Class of 2020