Thankfully, I haven’t been evacuated (due to California fires), my family didn’t have any financial issues, and all my family who have gotten the virus have gotten better. Since most of my family is in China and France, their current situation is now a lot better, so I’m so happy for them.
And I’m glad you’re marching on @epy.neha! I’m sure you’ll show a ton of improvement. Since I’m also in high school, online school definitely has its pros and cons. Pros: Not many tests anymore, and the ones I do have are usually kind of easy. Less time commitment to clubs and band. Cons: No socializing, no marching band season, no meeting teachers, classmates, and/or new friends in person, homework seems a lot more even though I know there’s less, I don’t work very well with tech, my back hurts (“that sounds like a you problem” - teachers), and I never feel like I’m productive enough.
And about friendships, the friendships I really cared about stayed the same, so I’m happy about that. I stopped talking to some people I liked talking to (but it’s fine; I know we can talk again once we’re in school–which may be in a year or months).
As you brought up, I got introduced to many new artists and cool songs, so that’s nice. Rain On Me is also pretty cool! It’s not within the genre of music I usually listen to, so it’s fun to listen to more things.
Summer let me focus on things I didn’t get as much time for during the school year, like coding and drawing. I started using art pens, and I’m totally hooked. It’s so much fun!
I’m incredibly grateful, thankful, and privileged to say that 2020 hasn’t been absolute hell for me, since I would be lying if I said it was completely all bad for me. I still hope things get better of course; I hope the fires in California and the virus are gone soon.
I can’t say this is the worst–or best–year for me personally. It is definitely a challenging year, and so many people have died and suffered (due to racism, financial issues, stress, mental health, online school, etc.), but I have seen some hope despite everything.