Dear Margot - Frustrated Senior
I am writing to you today as a frustrated senior. This past year has been one of the weirdest things I have ever experienced. I'm sure we can all agree on that. Covid-19 shut down everything and completely ruined senior year for so many teenagers all around the world. It is really frustrating because I waited to do everything my senior year. I planned to attend all the football games, dances, activities, and to have the most eventful last year of high school. Clearly it never happened.
To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. It has impacted my mental health as well because I know that I would be way happier if Covid-19 never happened and I had my senior year. School online is incredibly draining too and I genuinely feel like no one would be as stressed if teachers didn’t pile on so much work. I'm graduating soon and the stress is really starting to get to me, especially thinking about all the “what ifs?” and reminiscing about how much fun things used to be. That being said, do you have any advice for me? This makes me feel terrible all the time and I can't seem to accept that this is really how I'm spending my last year of high school.
Dear Frustrated Senior,
I can definitely relate to how you're feeling right now. I know exactly the feeling of being helpless and upset because I can’t take control of a certain situation in my life. Covid has impacted every single person in some way or another and I sympathize with you. You planned your whole senior year just for it not to turn out the way you wanted. Your feelings are valid and it's okay to feel frustrated and stressed during these times, especially with graduation around the corner. This whole school year has been very stressful for a lot of us. For example, problems like getting used to the new online classes, the workload that we didn't have when we were in person, our mental health, and dealing with other issues behind closed doors. It's enough to really affect someone's mental health so I completely understand.
I'm here to tell you that you are not alone in this and things will get better. We just need to be patient and push through these last weeks. We have all come so far this year and it may be harder than usual right now but you got this! If I learned one thing this year it's that not everything is going to turn out the way you planned it to be but that’s okay. Plans are always changing and it’s a matter of us adjusting to the new ones. It’s important to remember that we can’t control everything that happens to us in life but we can control how we react to them. Fortunately all of this won’t last forever and we still have so many memories and good times to look forward to in the future. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself because I know you're trying your best and at the end of the day that’s all that should matter. I hope this helped and take care of yourself for me!