By Jerome English
On Friday, March 13th, I was sitting in the locker room after baseball practice. My coach was talking to my team and me about the start of the COVID-19 situation and if it will affect the season from happening. When we all heard what he was saying, we all were in shock that we possibly might not have a baseball season. Later in the day, when I got home and just coming from practice, my coach texted the baseball team group chat telling us that we will not have a season and all schools will be closing down because of COVID-19 and the pandemic that was just starting. When I heard the news, I was devastated. I couldn’t believe that there would not be any school, or we would not have seasoned at all and canceled all spring sports at the time. I was so worried about school and baseball I didn’t realize how covid-19 would impact the world. During COVID-19, there were setbacks for a lot of people and businesses.
People began to lose their jobs, and companies began to shut down. People were getting sick. There were numerous amounts of death COVID-19 cost. During the time Covid-19 impacted my life a lot: I didn’t go outside at all, I was in my room pretty much so I started to gain weight and got out of shape. The most significant impact was school. When the schools shut down, it was bizarre because I never experienced something like that. It was hard trying to learn because we had to get used to a whole new learning system, and my grades started to drop when we started online school. I wasn’t used to having so much freedom, teachers would give out assignments, and I would play my video games instead of doing the work. The teachers even had a hard time teaching the students because they had to teach a class full of kids through a computer screen. The students are used to the teacher being in class getting one-on-one help, but now they have to deal with just being taught through a computer screen. COVID-19 impacted education a lot because many students were having a hard time learning, and most students like me didn’t do the work and did whatever they wanted.
Out of all the things that happened during COVID-19, it made me realize that we take life for granted. One day everyone was outside living everyday life and enjoying life, and the next day everyday living was gone from us. I learned that we need to take advantage of the opportunity the world has given us. This pandemic taught me to work hard every day and appreciate life because it could be taken from us one day. I’ve learned to become a better person and become more knowledgeable about the world. It’s a cold world, and unless you know how to deal with things the right way, you will never succeed. I feel like the pandemic was a minor setback for a major comeback, and I am learning to improve myself every day.