Preface: In March 2020, the TRIP@WTHS'20 session was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the program ended early, our students continued to pursue their interests, to grow, and to adapt. In July, we invited our TRIP@WTHS'20 alumni to reflect on how they spent their time in quarantine. This is Evelyn's story.
This quarantine has given me a new outlook and appreciation for life and all of the good and bad that comes with it.
Hello again! It has been around 4 months since the quarantine has started, and the end of TRIP. I want to start by saying that even though my experience with TRIP was different than previous years, I still learned so much from Dr. Purdy and Dr. Gardiner. Through the Saturdays I spent at the lab, I was able to learn about various lab techniques, such as micro pipetting, become a better problem solver and critical thinker, and of course, I learned all about flies! TRIP is an experience that I will never forget, and I am so thankful to have been a part of it!
Even though I was upset about the end of TRIP, there was a more pressing issue at the time: the coronavirus and the quarantine. When my school announced that we would be out of school for two weeks, I have to admit, I was pretty excited. During these first two weeks, I slept in, watched Netflix, and was very lazy. Then two weeks turned into a month; the number of coronavirus cases was still increasing, and I knew that there was no chance of the quarantine being lifted. I knew that I would regret it if I didn’t put my extra time to use, so I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series. Yes, I am aware that this may have not been the best use of my time, but I did enjoy it, and I thought it was a great way to spend the extra time I had after online classes and studying for my exams. I also decided to try my hand at baking, so my dad and I decided to bake bread, and it was really good if I do say so myself. I also decided to redecorate my room which was a process. Finally, I caught up on some TV shows and started and finished watching Criminal Minds-which is now my new favorite show. Then a month later, we were informed that school would be online for the rest of the year. At this point, I knew I needed to find more productive things to do.
I got a job as a sterilization/sanitation helper at the dentist clinic I previously shadowed at. I love working there because I get to learn on the job. I get to watch some of the procedures and learn about the different equipment they use as well as interpreting some of the x-rays of patients’ teeth. I started prepping for the SAT (i know gross). I’m sure most students are not fond of standardized tests, and I fall into that group, but this test is important for college admissions, so I decided that I would get a head start. I also continued to read books, but they have been books with more sustenance. My favorite book so far has been The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell where he discusses in-depth about success. He talks about why the “self-made man” is not true, and there are various underlying factors that go into becoming successful (I don’t want to spoil his claims and conclusions!!). I also took up a new hobby: calligraphy. I always loved watching people write calligraphy because I found it so aesthetically pleasing, so with the ample amount of time I had, I decided to finally try it. I am not the best right now, but with practice, I know I can become a lot better.
Overall, this quarantine has allowed me to do so much, but it also gave me a chance to reflect. It gave me a chance to step back and be grateful for the little things in my life. I saw the hardships that people were going through during this time, and it made me extremely grateful for my healthy family. It made me realize that I took for granted the little things in life. I took for granted all of the times I hung out with my friends, hugged them, and took silly pictures with them. Even though I’ve been able to FaceTime and text them, it’s truly not the same. I took for granted going out without a mask. I think it’s crazy that just a few months ago, we walked around with no protection, and now I feel weird without a mask. This quarantine has given me a new outlook and appreciation for life and all of the good and bad that comes with it.
I hope that everyone reading this stays safe and healthy, and don’t forget to wear your mask! Signing off!