What COVID-19 Taught The Class of 2020

Kaitlyn Garrett

“I never really understood how much I loved the fried ravioli and circle pizza until well, I couldn’t have it,” says Hunter Fankhauser.

To say the very least, senior year looked a little different this year.  

A lot of things were taken from us: prom, graduation at Peachtree Presbyterian, the pond jump, senior chapel, and a closing chapel where we’d actually get to walk down the center of the Wallace gym and hug all of our teachers.  

The Lovett administration has done an incredible job of making sure that most events (and extras) could be creatively made up. For instance, this weekend Lovett held a drive-thru parade for seniors that was be attended by many faculty members. Many of us wore our Lovett uniforms with the drawn-on logo of our future college to honor tradition. 

Currently, the plan for graduation and senior events is as follows: On Thursday July 30th, the Loridans House Door-Signing and the Pond Jump will take place followed by a Senior Dance/Celebration. On Friday July 31, graduation will take place either at 5:00 PM in the Wallace Gym or at Kilpatrick Stadium at 8:00 PM. 

So luckily, many of the events that we have looked forward to for our entire high school time will still happen— just a little later than any of us imagined. 

While in quarantine, some of us have enjoyed time with family, enjoyed time resting and watching TV, and enjoyed time outside.

But what has quarantine and COVID-19 taught the senior class as a whole? What have we missed the most? What have we learned about our friendships? What have we learned to never take for granted again?

“I’ve learned to never take seeing our friends every day for granted,” Mary Katherine Schmersal says. 

Charlotte Dalke agrees, saying that “it’s crazy how much quarantine has made me realize how much I loved all the small moments I got to spend with my friends whether it was walking into school, walking out of school at the end of the day or at lunch.”

And speaking of food, quite a few of us miss Lovett’s cafeteria lunches. 

Hunter Fankhauser says, “I never really understood how much I loved the fried ravioli and circle pizza until well, I couldn’t have it.” 

I couldn’t agree more with Hunter in the statement. I took full advantage of Lovett’s food, especially the cafe. You can ask Mr. Newman for confirmation l  of that statement as I’m pretty sure every single Newspaper period I popped out for a few minutes to go grab an Iced-Coffee or Cappuccino, both of which I miss immeasurably.

We’ve also walked away with deeper perspectives on life after quarantine, for perhaps in some ways, it served as a wakeup call.

Charlotte Pollard says: “Quarantine has taught me that life is very unpredictable and humans need to realize that we are not in control, and God is in control.” 

Jake Garrett has walked away from COVID-19 with similarly deep takeaways as he says that quarantine has taught him that “there are a lot of things that we take for granted and we should spend time cherishing those close to us.” 

Similarly, Stewart Hammond says that he’s learned that “it’s important to take time for yourself while also valuing and never taking for granted the time you spend with others.” 

Quarantine has also taught us about the importance of creating the world that we want to live in. Campbell Tomlin said that COVID-19  showed her the importance of medical professionals and further inspired her to pursue the study of medicine at Michigan this fall. 

That’s certainly a practical way of looking at things.

As for me....

I’d say that at the end of the day I learned the importance of treasuring every single moment because as we painfully learned this year, we have no idea when it’s all going to change or be over. 

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