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My name is Arianna Harris. I am a 15-year-old living in Arizona, and I journaled throughout 2020. Here are some of the most important journal entries I have from the year that I feel best represent how my 2020 went.
MARCH 6, 2020
I am getting 2 weeks added to my spring break. I won't be going back until April…. It's really inconvenient if you think about it. Teachers have to fit 2 extra weeks of the curriculum without the school year being extended.
...Australia is still on fire- there have been quite a few in California and Oregon too. There is a fire 40 miles west of my house. There is so much smoke.
MARCH 12, 2020
Tomorrow is my last day of school before the extended spring break. I've heard a lot of people say it's going to be extended even more because of how severe the Coronavirus is getting. I'm really curious about what will happen if we do decide to go back in 2 weeks.
MARCH 13, 2020
Today was a great day. It rained again, which is nice because the air will be clean for the first time in a while. There are two more fires, one of them is getting pretty bad. You can see the clouds of brown smoke peaking over the mountains. I have a tennis tournament tomorrow. There are quite a few schools that withdrew because of the virus. A few even had people on their team contract it.
APRIL 2, 2020
I haven't written for a while… but the date for going back to school just got extended again. I will be starting online school. I've heard about other schools doing zoom calls, mine just wants to assign us the work and have it all due by Friday. We ordered face masks off of Amazon, and the toilet paper aisles are completely empty—how much do yall poop?
MAY 6, 2020
The rest of my freshman year is going to be spent in my bedroom on a school-issued chrome book that can’t have more than 3 tabs open without crashing. I'm going to be taking my finals and my AP Exam online… It's weird to think that I will be a Sophomore in 3 months. Hopefully, this will be over by then.
MAY 25, 2020
I finished freshman year yesterday... finals went better than I thought they would. I'm writing right now because the first thing I saw when I went on Instagram was a video of a man named George Floyd being murdered. What the hell is up with 2020…
MAY 27, 2020
This summer I get to go to Portland. I was looking forward to it, but every large city seems to be in flames. There are people protesting, cops all over the place. There are even local protests and BLM events. I want to go, but I know I’m going to have a hard time getting mom and dad’s approval.
JUNE 13, 2020
I thought Covid would have been over by now… at this point, I don't know if I’m going to school for the first part of my Sophomore year. It's so weird when I do get to go out... Almost everyone is wearing a mask, and they all have the same look on their face. That look of concern mixed with envy and isolation. I've become “addicted” to going to the grocery store. It’s the only excuse I have to get out of the house. It’s hard to believe we've been living like this for 3 months.
JULY 25, 2020
I'm currently in Portland with my mom. When we drove away from the airport, we saw a bit of downtown. I saw some of the aftermaths of the Portland riots. They are still going on.
AUGUST 17, 2020
Tonight I went to a Black Lives Matter protest. I didn't have a ride because my friend couldn't come, so I had to walk there. I loved it. The people there were so friendly and welcoming. There was a sense of unity between the 15-20 people who were on the street corner with me.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2020
I went to a march tonight, this one wasn’t as far of a walk. There were a lot more people. At the end of the loop, we had a woman who was running for congress speak. It was really cool. I felt safe enough around one individual to start a good conversation and after a while, I asked for a ride home. I am thoroughly surprised by how the media portrays these events. I have felt relatively safe and happy with all the events and protests I have attended.
NOVEMBER 8, 2020
We are still in Florida with my mom’s family. I'm a little anxious to go out—we were in West Florida. When I go to a store or gas station I am usually the only one wearing a mask. The tension during the election was insane. Just in the neighborhood, I see a large amount of Trump AND Biden signs. I hate doing online school. Before I left we were back to in-person learning, and the second I left they went back to virtual.
DECEMBER 25, 2020
One year ago today, I was with my extended family celebrating Christmas. Today my family and I were inside, of course, and spent the entire day inside. I won't be going back to online school in January. We are still online. It has been almost a year…
DECEMBER 31, 2020
Adios. I'm ready to move on, and I've sworn to myself that I am going into this year with ZERO expectations. Let’s hope 2021 is a little better.
I think it is safe to say that I, as well as others I'm sure, have learned and grown a lot this past year. It was only during quarantine with long periods of isolation that I discovered what I value most in life, and where my life will take me. I had never been a fan of writing or reading for fun until quarantine. This period of time has put us behind bars. It gives us the opportunity to stop and think. It gave us this opportunity to reflect, make changes and adjust. It is important that we remember that nothing is promised. Tomorrow is not promised. On March 13th, I had no clue that day would be my last “normal” one for a year. It has taken a global pandemic for society to click. Leave this chapter of your life having gained experience, wisdom, and awareness. There is hope, no matter the circumstances.
JANUARY 1, 2020
This year, I do not want to make new year's resolutions. I just want to be better in every way possible. I want to be able to speak out about my opinions and my passions. I hope I can continue to do well in school, it has been a little harder than I expected it to be.
JANUARY 28, 2020
I've been trying to avoid the news or any news articles because they are all about the Coronavirus. It's boring and depressing at the same time. Wuhan has had almost 100 deaths.
FEBRUARY 20, 2020
There is speculation that we might get another week of spring break due to the virus… I mean, that sounds nice, it would be cool if history wouldn’t repeat itself though…
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