As a college student, the COVID outbreaks started during my second semester of my freshman year in college. My college enforced social distancing rules, and soon after most students were asked to leave campus and complete our semester from home. Of course, we were all sad to leave our friends, especially seniors that we had to say goodbye to, but we all knew it was important to keep those in our community safe. I was lucky to have a home close by, but some of my friends who were international students had to make plans while their home countries were not allowing people in due to COVID. At home, I spent much more time with my family. I would often cook for them, and we would play family games in the evenings. For instance, I cooked yesterday for my parent’s anniversary. However, when outdoors, we always need to be careful to wear our masks, change clothes afterwards, and wear gloves when touching objects touched recently by those outside of our household. Overall, although this has not been the most ideal situation, my family and I have been able to spend more valuable time together. I know it is much harder for patients, healthcare workers, and many others, and I wish them the best during these tough times.
Submitted by C.H., Santa Clara County – Cupertino.