Through Crisis, With Family

The pandemic affected many people in various ways. Some for the better, some for the worse. In my case, during the year and a half that was affected by the pandemic, I have learned many things both about myself and the people around me. 

Before the pandemic, I had just turned fifteen. I was still young and barely getting used to being in such a big school. I was childish and had no clue about what I was doing or what I wanted to do in my life. Simply, I was just living. I often didn’t pay attention in class and my grades were barely above average. Towards the end of the year, I was failing two of my classes. However, when the pandemic hit, my mother found out and helped me realize that I shouldn’t be okay with low grades. So I gave it my all and managed to raise both my grades. 

After my freshman year had ended and summer began, I, of course, stayed home the entire vacation. It gave me a lot of time to do some self reflecting. Within that time, I grew closer with my family, especially my mom. 

I would always keep things from her and never felt comfortable with her before the pandemic, but when all of my friends started to disappear, I realized she was the only true friend I needed. I started to tell my mom everything and tried to be more open. Since then, she has helped me through hard times and has directed me on the right path. She has shown me to use my head when needed and taught me how to look after myself. 

My grades have been looking better than ever and now I have an idea on what I want to do with my life. Of course I don’t have everything figured out, and I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but I have matured enough to realize that. This pandemic has made me realize so many things, and in a way I’m grateful for it. Of course it hasn’t all been good, but for the most part I appreciate what it has taught me.