We’ve all had it hard during the pandemic. Yet, reminiscing about my final year of school during the peak of COVID-19 makes me feel disappointment more than anything.
A time meant to be filled with formals, graduations, 18th birthday parties, schoolies, and not to mention, the exams you have been working towards your whole schooling life - has been taken away, ruined, or rearranged.
Every time the phrase, "We need you to be resilient through these unprecedented times" was said in our school assemblies, you could feel a slight breeze from all the moody teenagers rolling their eyes in sync. As after this phrase was said, it was almost always followed with the news that yet another tradition had been cancelled, one we had been waiting for our whole schooling life.
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Yet, despite our initial reaction of sass, we copped it on the chin and carried on.
You have to understand, we walked into the front gates of school in Year 7 idolising the seniors. Planning and aspiring to be them one day, when we would finally fit into our uniforms properly. Some students were dreaming of schoolies and other post schooling celebrations like they had seen many years before, while others were just dreaming of their final sports carnival when they would embark on the frivolity of their leadership rights.
Either way, all the events we had been enthusiastic about for so long, were destroyed.
Though students before us had mentioned our final results don’t define us and don’t always affect our future, when you’re literally talking like Macbeth because you have read the play 15 times, you do feel like the HSC exams are the be all and end all.