2020 has been a stressful year, and not just because of COVID-19.
The year started off with the shocking death of professional basketball player, Kobe Bryant. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years.
Following that tragic event, COVID-19 sparked right in the beginning of March. This caused many schools to shut down, a public health crisis, money problems, and deaths.
In May, the world erupted in protest over the death of George Floyd. Then, the elections and debates caused more unrest and protests.
Finishing the year with the election of Joe Biden and the refusal of President Trump to accept the results makes it feel that 2020 has been one of those years where nothing good is going around. With many crazy things going on, some people still manage to get around safe and end their day with something positive, even if it’s something small.
2020 has taught a lot of people lessons they will take with them into 2021 and beyond.
“Something that 2020 has taught me is that things can always get worse,” said sophomore Melissa Sanchez-Ibanez.
Although Sanchez has a dark view of 2020, some are finding lessons from the year.
“2020 taught and showed me who my real friends were,” said sophomore Bawi Cin Par.
While many students try to manage school, staying virus free, and daily tasks or duties like work, some students are still setting and reaching for 2020 goals.
“My goal before 2020 ends is getting a better car,” said senior Xavier Garcia.
While some students like Garcia have a bigger goal before 2020 ends, some others tend to have a smaller goal to achieve.
“My goal is to fix my sleep schedule,” said senior Maraim Aljazea.
Many see this year as a straight up disaster, but with everything that’s happened, ending 2020 on a positive note would be a great end to the year for everyone.
Since COVID-19 hit, the world has been flowing a different way, with masks, sanitizing and fewer people going out. According to a December 8 New York Times article, nurses, doctors and certain people over 80 will be the first ones to receive vaccines from Pfizer-BioTech. In England, residents have already begun receiving the vaccine, giving people hope for this pandemic and when it will end.
“I think it’s good for people in need, no more dying you know,” said sophomore Cer Hliang.
Not everyone is as optimistic as Hliang.
“I feel like it won’t work, but I’m still going to get a shot if it works just in case,” said sophomore Shu La Paw.
Even with so much going on some people still manage to look at 2020 as a crazy experience where they’ve learned many lessons.While the virus is still looming large heading into the new year, hopes run high that things will turn around soon.
“2020 has been a rough year honestly, things come and go, but I hope 2021 is better than 2020,” said freshman Dee Nar