Oregon Student Essays 2023 - Bairon Lai

My Life After Covid

Written by Bairon Lai

Teacher: Katie Lukins, 3rd Grade
FLEX Online School

Drawing shows things Bairon misses like cafeteria, recess, giggle time and friends.  

I opened my eyes. "Is it another normal day?" I thought. When I looked out the window, I started to remember the day, March 22, 2020, when the principal announced the Covid-19 outbreak. We couldn’t go to school in person, but we could learn online. The change affected my school life, and made me learn how to protect myself more. 

In the beginning of the virtual learning, I was actually very happy. However, soon the happiness went all the way to disappointment because I could not have the same ongoing life. I missed sharing ideas during circle time with my friends and teachers, eating in the cafeteria, reading books in the library, and hanging out with my friends in recess. I missed hearing all the chit-chatting sounds, giggling sounds, munching sounds, and pages flipping sound. All those images of boring normal life were in my head, but, suddenly, were snapped off by a loud bang! Covid-19, the abstract foe, swarmed around my head, covering all the happy images of my happy school life. 

Covid-19 is a contagious virus. However, I am strong and not letting the virus terminate me. I learned to protect myself. For example, I need to wash my hands before eating something. I also keep social distance with other people. Wearing masks is an important way to protect myself and others. Finally, I get a Covid-19 vaccine. These are strategies to stay safe from Covid-19. 

Covid-19 doesn't just change my life, but also the people around the world. There is a good saying that goes, "Every cloud has a silver lining." We should be cherishing our everyday lives and finding ways to prevent the virus, so we will prosper and not be ruined by this dangerous enemy.

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