With time on her hands after the ‘world got sick,’ student has pondered life—and not taking it for granted

By Ivy Ott, senior Pelican Rapids High School

Never did I think something like this would happen, especially during my senior year. It still feels like a dream. Knowing I’ll never get to go back and finish saddens me immensely. School made me so happy, transferring last year was the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve met so many new people and found my forever friends.

Before quarantine started, I was always stressed about school, even though it was always self-made stress. I’m a very bad procrastinator, always waiting until the due date to start the assignments. I would typically make plans, come home and feel bad about not doing my homework, and still not do anything about it. Even though we’ve been in quarantine, I still find myself procrastinating. Instead of skipping my homework to hang out with my friends or do other social activities, I skip my homework to sleep 18 hours a day. It seems as though the more time I have to do things—the less I want to do them.

Before quarantine, my social life kept me very busy. I was always running to games, going out to eat, or just hanging out somewhere with my friends. I spent very little time at home, almost all of my time outside of school was spent hanging out with my friends. Having ADHD makes it hard to sit at home, anything was better than home.

Since being locked up in my home, I’ve gone mad not being able to spend my time with my friends. The silver lining of spending extra time at home has been reconnecting with my family. We’ve had some much needed quality time together.

Prior to quarantine, I spend a lot of time on my religion as it’s a big part of who I am. On Sunday mornings, if our family schedule wasn’t packed, we’d all go to church together every so often. Every Sunday night I went to Younglife, which was my favorite part of the week. It left me feeling renewed and ready to take on the week. Afterwards, every Monday I’d have my all girl campaigners group and then every other Wednesday I’d have my big group campaigners. Now that everything has changed, I can’t go to those scheduled events, but I still put time in at home every night to keep up with my faith.

In conclusion, quarantine has been a challenge. It’s changed my life drastically, but mostly for the better.

My patience has gotten better, and I’ve come to realize that things shouldn’t be rushed, especially homework. The world has gotten cleaner and brighter. I’ve spent more time on myself, instead of worrying about others. I’ve also finally had time to figure out what I want to do with my future.

Even though this whole pandemic is sad, scary, and full of unknowns, it has done a lot of good for the world, myself included. It has taught us to love a little harder, live a little more, and not to take the things we value most for granted.

Editor’s note: Students in the classes of Pelican Rapids High School English teacher Kathryn Anderson composed essays contrasting life before and after the coronavirus outbreak.

This piece was written by senior Ivy Mae Ott, a Pelican Class of 2020 student who is undecided, but considering working in the airline industry, as a flight attendant