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COVID-19 Has Taught Me to Be More Grateful

The Monday that SJU closed due to COVID-19, I remember wishing I was back home. It was our first day back from spring break, and I was not excited to be there. My first midterm was at 7:30 in the morning and I had barely looked over my textbooks over the break. I was seriously considering taking the day off. 

Now, when I look back, I realize how lucky I was to be on campus and how I had taken so much for granted.  During this quarantine, I have realized how much I miss college. I miss being able to see my friends every day, going out in the city, having the freedom to go out whenever I wanted, talking for hours at night with my roommates, relaxing on the great lawn, and studying late in the lounge. I even miss dinner at Monty’s. This experience has shown me how valuable my freedom and education are. 

I have realized how fortunate I am to go to St. John’s. Although it can have its problems, I have had my best memories and experiences at this school. I have made best friends and learned so much about myself. Growing up in a small town in Connecticut, I haven't had much exposure to city life. Being able to live in New York and explore the city on the weekends has been a dream. I have discovered so much diversity and different cultures. SJU offers me so many opportunities, from internships in the city to studying abroad. COVID-19 has taught me to take advantage of every opportunity and learning experience. COVID-19 has taught me to say yes more and not be afraid to take risks.

Although COVID-19 has cut my freshman year short, I will forever be grateful for the experiences I have had so far, meeting so many amazing people and making lifelong memories. This experience has overall taught me to be more grateful and appreciate the little things. I can't wait to go back to campus with a more positive and grateful mindset. Right now, I am going to take advantage of being home, safe and healthy with my family.