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The Quarantine Blues- A Senior’s Perspective

Picture this: you’re watching an incredible movie, and when there’s only 20 minutes left, it just randomly ends. The only way of finding out what happens to the characters is by reading the Wikipedia plot summary. Unfortunately, this abrupt ending to what should have been one of the best years of our lives is the Class of 2020’s new reality due to the far-reaching effects of COVID-19. Many of my fellow seniors and I can vividly remember that fateful Friday the 13th. It was a sunny, uneventful day when we received the call from Dr. Bernardo declaring that schools would be closed for one week. Soon after, the closure was extended several times by both our state and local governments until Governor Cuomo ultimately made the executive decision to close all New York schools for the rest of the academic year. A closure that was once welcomed as a break from the dreaded third quarter slump morphed into a crisis for not just our district, but for the entire globe. Uncertainty and a sense of overall anxiety paralyzed us all. Essentially everyone has been impacted by the Coronavirus, ranging from healthcare providers who put their own lives at risk each day to help others in need, to parents who must now become educators in addition to caretakers and breadwinners, to teachers who must completely adapt to an unprecedented system of online learning, to small children who now wonder why they cannot go to school or have playdates with their friends. For some Americans, COVID-19 has brought about immense feelings of loss due to the effects of illness and even death. For others, their grief may not be as profound, but the social losses felt by many have seriously impacted our mental health and well-being. This is especially true for the members of the senior class, forced to move onto the next chapter of our lives without the closure we yearn for and deserve. Second semester of senior year is often regarded as the best time in high school. At that point, students are finalizing their college decisions after years of putting in the hard work, picking out their prom dresses, receiving their yearbooks and having their closest friends and teachers sign them, watching VY with a twinkle of appreciation and nostalgia in their eyes, decorating their graduation caps, and simply enjoying the last few weeks of making memories before everyone goes their separate ways. COVID-19 has stripped these opportunities away from us. I’d like to be totally honest and convey how hard it is to find the motivation to continue with schoolwork when you have nothing to look forward to anymore. I miss my friends, my teachers, and just my normal life. I took the simplest pleasures such as getting coffee with my friends or going for a drive to the beach after the school day is over for granted. I really loved the freedom that came with being a senior; we all did. I think the adjustment to life in quarantine has been made more difficult because of the fact that Whitman feels like a second home to so many seniors. Our classmates and teachers have assumed the role of our second families. Our administrators and teachers care so much about us and worked tirelessly to give us the best Whitman experience we could ever ask for. Of course it’s customary to have your senior year end by taking pictures with your friends on commitment day, dancing the night away at prom and celebrating your achievements at graduation, but the circumstances just won’t allow us to. It is my hope that we will be able to reunite again soon and reminisce about all the amazing memories we had the privilege of making together. It’s safe to say that quarantine has made me realize that I should never take the people and places I love for granted again.

Kayla Sakayan, Editor-in-chief

June 5, 2020

Tips to Stay On Top of Your Work During Quarantine

Gabriel Gonzalez, Editor

June 5, 2020

With people stuck inside due to quarantine, many students may find it difficult to stay motivated to complete their school assignments, stay active, or even to do things they normally find pleasurable. This could be quite troublesome for many students who would normally be at the top of their game if ...

Decking the Halls at Whitman

By Faith Tyburksi

January 27, 2020

It’s time for the holidays, and Walt Whitman High School’s hallways are gleaming with color and cheer! Every wing throughout the building is taking the initiative to get everyone into the holiday spirit with a healthy dose of festive competition. The wings of the school are currently separated into di...

Senioritis: The Silent Killer of Grades and Motivation

By Kayla Sakayan, Editor in Chief

January 27, 2020

Do you find yourself suffering from a severe lack of motivation, perpetual narcolepsy, or the desire to roam around the halls instead of sitting in class? Have baggy sweatshirts and caffeine become your best friends? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you’re probably sufferin...

Clue: 2019: “IT’S NOT JUST A GAME… ANYMORE”

Angelina Blankson, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

This coming November, Walt Whitman’s Performance Arts Center Stage will be presenting Clue, a play that is perfect for anyone who enjoys dark comedies or murder mysteries. If you find yourself not having bought a ticket before the weekend of the play, you should really make it your mission to p...

Powderpuff 2019 Under the Lights

Kayla Sakayan, Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2019

 On Friday, October 4th, Whitman’s annual Powder Puff football game fostered camaraderie and “healthy” competition between the Junior and Senior classes once again. Everyone on both the turf and bleachers braved the biting cold and did not let the dropping temperatures put a damper on this inc...

Yet Another Mass Shooting…Will This One Bring Change?

Yet Another Mass Shooting...Will This One Bring Change?

Ashar Farooq, Co-Managing Editor

April 4, 2018

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day of love. However, a horrible tragedy occurred in Parkland, Florida as Nikolas Cruz, a former student of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, gunned down 17 people at a high school now in utter grief of losing 17 beautiful lives. Some of the victims a...

The. XFL. Is. Coming. Back. !!!.

The. XFL. Is. Coming. Back. !!!.

Ashar Farooq, Co-Managing Editor

April 4, 2018

Have you heard about the XFL? It is an extreme form of the National Football League and it is set to make a thumping return in 2020. The XFL was around in the early 2000s before its demise shortly afterwards. While it is regarded as an extreme form of NFL Football, the new XFL will be owned by the WW...

The Story of the 2018 Winter Olympics

The Story of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Ashar Farooq, Co-Managing Editor

April 4, 2018

The wait is over. They are here[and now already gone]. The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are here in style as there have been plenty of medals awarded to well-deserving teams and individuals. Olympic history continues to be made as the 23rd Winter Games has already produced great sporting moments...

Are We Really Hearing Our Music?

Are We Really Hearing Our Music?

Josh Joseph, Section Editor

February 18, 2018

Today, music is more accessible than ever before. The albums that were reserved by our parents for special occasions and dedicated listening sessions are now available at a moment’s notice, with nearly as high a fidelity as the grooves of a vinyl record. However, many people streaming music tod...

Celebrating World Pangolin Day

Celebrating World Pangolin Day

Ben Joseph, Staff Writer

February 17, 2018

Mark your calendars: Saturday, February 17th is World Pangolin Day. That’s right—an entire day dedicated to the celebration and preservation of… pangolins? What even is a pangolin, and what is happening to them? Pangolins might seem like any other ant-eating mammal at first, but a closer look reveals a set...

Overview on Cryptocurrencies

Overview on Cryptocurrencies

Shaan Khan, Staff Writer

February 10, 2018

Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, are online currencies that use cryptography to secure their transactions, hence the prefix “crypto.”  Bitcoin, like gold, is viewed by some as a viable long term store of wealth, but in addition, it can be traded like a stock, as its value is based on demand.  C...

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