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Senior Year Interrupted As COVID-19 Bears Down

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

By Maria Cundari

Pictured from left to right; Stephanie Aristizabal, Fatima Aviles, Aaliyah Lewis, Marianna Cundari, Melanie Sosa, Angelica Mayorga, CJ Milbin

We are all adjusting to our new normal due to the coronavirus pandemic spreading around the world. And recently the virus coming closer to home, has affected all of us in some way. Schools are closing, as are gyms, small shops, and other ‘non-essential’ businesses.

My younger sister Marianna Cundari is a high school senior at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. This is her last year in high school and unfortunately it has taken a pause. Norwalk Public Schools currently has no update on when school will resume. For the time being, students are completing online learning assignments from each of their classes. I asked Marianna how she felt about the whole situation.

Pictured left to right; Marianna Cundari, Maria Cundari

“I am annoyed because it’s crazy how something in one part of the world became a whole thing

here. I am upset because it's not even that I am going to be missing prom, but in my personal life my last dance recital ever might get cancelled.”

Most of her teachers utilize Google Hangouts for video chatting giving the students a sense of normalcy with the face-to-face learning that they are used to. Her classmates all join the hangout and show their faces so it sort of replicates being in a full classroom.

One thing that has been said a lot is “I wish everything would go back to normal.” Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “normal” as “conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.” In order for how we are living to not be our new typical way of living, it is advised that everyone follows the CDC guidelines on how to practice good hygiene and social distancing. The more people continue to go out and ignore what rules are being enforced such as lockdowns, and curfews in some places, the virus won’t stop spreading.

Remember if you are sick, stay home. While you may recover with no complications, individuals with immune disorders will get hit much harder by the virus and could get seriously ill or possibly die.

Everyone needs to work together in our efforts to stay safe until some sort of medical solution gets created, until then;

Stay Safe, Stay Home.

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