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Hey girl, how are you? I know, you’re trying to see the bright side of things, but this isn’t fun. Well, it started as fun. I still remember you being super happy about getting an extended spring break and no morning practice for lacrosse. I also remember the dread you felt finding out that public schools were cancelled until May, which meant your school would be closed until May. I remember the optimism you somehow still felt that somehow, miraculously, we would get back into school on May 1 and be able to say goodbye to everyone in person before graduation on May 16.


I hate to break it to you, but that just wasn’t the case. They really tried though. And by they, I mean everyone. Your parents, teachers, friends, and even the administration really wanted to make this year end on the best note possible.


You don’t know this yet, but your graduation is going to be better than you imagined. I know it’s easy to get caught up in wishing things were the way they always are. I also know you spent a lot of time doing exactly that. However, you’re going to learn that sometimes things work out in a different way and it’s honestly better.


For example, staying with your classmates over the end of the school year was what was expected (and wanted). That was how it was supposed to be. Then, when a last minute graduation came together in early August (three months late), you felt so happy to see the people you spent the last four years with. I think this will really help you learn to value the people in your life while they are still there.


There‘s no way to reverse what happened, and there’s no way to tell what’s going to happen next, so the only thing that’s left to do is roll with it. Maybe at the end of your freshman year of college I’ll write another one of these. Hopefully you follow this advice: keep your friends close that you have back home and at school, remember that school is important (but not worth worrying about all the time), and that there are going to be better days somewhere in the future, so keep doing your best until then.

Avery is a sophomore at SLU whose only personality trait is being from Chicago, IL, majors in social work, and can't go a day without iced coffee.
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