Learning From This Pandemic

Etsubdink Alemu, Special to the Oak Leaf

Etsubdink Alemu is a first-year college student at SRJC

All I hear and see everywhere is about coronavirus. This pandemic changed every plan I had for the summer and spring break. I had exciting plans to visit Texas with friends and visit with family. School still keeps me busy, so I am always either at work or at home. I still have my job, and my dad has been working overtime as a nurse. For me, it’s on-on-one, but my dad works in a hospital, so it’s very risky.

I used to complain about waking up in the morning, being busy, when school would end, and how I would love to just be at home. Now we’re all stuck at home and complaining about how we are tired of it.

If I try to think of positives,  it’s good having time with my family and experiencing what online classes are like. I never thought I would take online classes because I felt that taking online classes would be too hard, but from my experience now, I realize I can do it! I have learned to be grateful for what I have, especially my job, the opportunity to finish my classes online, and my health. I don’t think I’m the only one who is more appreciative and grateful for the blessings in my life.