Oregon Student Essays 2023 - Mieko Soria

My Pandemic Experience​

Written by Mieko Sor​ia​

​Teacher: Ashley Baker, 4th Grade
Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion School​

Drawing of a dog with a face mask on.
​​​​​​​The pandemic has been hard on everyone. But, like everything else, it has its ups and downs. As we all know it came as a surprise to everyone. We all found ways to keep ourselves busy, and even found new hobbies. Though I didn’t find a new hobby I got to know more about the people I loved. Being stuck in a house with three other people and two crazy dogs (for a lot longer than a few days) meant that I would get to know a lot more about them without even realizing it. I even got to know more about my new neighbors! 

This may not seem like something very interesting but, the kids next door to me are now some of my best friends! Even though we had a lot of free time on our hands, that didn’t mean we didn’t have fun. We did some awesome arts and crafts, made delicious desserts and watched movies together! Sometimes I am secretly glad that Covid happened because it meant that I could spend more time with my family. I think I speak for my whole family when I say "You can find light even in the darkest of times." And of course we made unforgettable friends along the way of this long and crazy adventure. ​