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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SFA chapter.

So far, 2020 has been a kick-in-the-gut kind of year. We went from having a few weeks in our homes to a few months, then spent the rest of the summer trying not to have emotional breakdowns over the $h!t that we had to—and for those who still have to—deal with before the school year started. To top it off, the first week of school ended with Hurricane Laura nearly hitting my hometown. At this point, I am going to try to enjoy the rest of the year, but I will be keeping some of my standards in life (school and personal) a little lower. On the other hand, I am glad to be back at SFA. I can finally walk around campus and enjoy the scenery while staying at a safe distance, of course.

This past week, I got to see a few of my friends in person and through virtual meetings. It was great catching up with one another; however, in my head, I was getting kind of paranoid standing in the building with students walking by. I really do want to hang out with my friends, but not so much in person, you know what I mean? It is not just me who is hopping abord the paranoid train because I know for a fact that ever since my sister moved into our residence hall room, she is the conductor of said train. She does not like to go out for anything unless necessary, and she is having a hard time adjusting to being away from home, but I cannot blame her. I am just happy that my sister and I are keeping each other from absolute madness this year.

Just when you think that things cannot be any worse in 2020, Hurricane Laura and Tropical Storm Marco decided that they wanted to be tourists in Southeast Texas! I was not very worried about Marco, but Laura made me refresh the news almost every hour for 3 days! Watching my family pack for the mandatory evacuation in the county through FaceTime was nerve-wracking, but I was grateful that they had the chance to leave before they got hurt. For the most part of Wednesday night, my family was watching the news at one of my aunt’s house. I was not able to sleep until three or four in the morning, but thankfully Hurricane Laura did not do too much damage to my county. I could practically feel the relief coming from my Twitter timeline.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that 2020 does not throw anything else our way.

I am studying English with a minor in Secondary Education. I like watching TV/movies, reading, softball, and the color purple. Her Campus member since Fall 2019 and loving it! "It's our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Albus Dumbledore