Hey guys! It’s so crazy and scary to say this but as of Friday, I have officially finished secondary school and year 11! With the coronvirus on the loose, the Government in the U.K has made the decision to cancel all GCSE and A level exams so I am now off school until September. With all the free time I’m now going to have, I thought I would start a new series that is linked to the coronavirus. This is a very rare situation and it will hopefully never occur again in my lifetime. So I thought I would document the experiences of different people around the country and the world in the midst of this pandemic. I’ll be publishing different diary entries on here from different people who’ll be sharing their experiences, thoughts, feelings and the activities they are doing during social distancing/ self isolation. I’ll be starting off this series by talking about my own opinions on the virus, social distancing and my last day of school.
I didn’t ever expect the virus to become such a big issue. For a long time, it seemed so distant like it would only ever affect China but as it started to spread to other countries, I started to hope against hope that it wouldn’t come to the U.K. Unfortunately, most countries have been affected by it now which is deeply saddening. I still can’t believe it has spread so fast through our country and affected so many people. All the schools are now shut until further notice, people are being urged to work from home, to self isolate for 7-14 days if they have the symptoms and to practise social distancing, exams are all cancelled, businesses are having to shut down, more than 200 people have lost their lives and many have been infected with this disease.
From my own perspective, I can’t believe the schools are shut and my year 11 experience is over now. We did have a lovely last day though with lots of shirt signing, picture taking and teary goodbyes with our friends. I’ve been friends with some people at school for 5+ years so it was really sad to let go of this part of my life with them and even think about moving on to sixth form which seems so far in the future right now. Plus, we don’t know if we’re going to have prom right now and it’s pretty upsetting that all our GCSEs have been cancelled even though we’ve been working for them for so long. We’ll still be getting qualifications that link to our mock grades and what the teachers think we’ll have got but I don’t know if I’ll ever feel like I deserve them to be honest since I didn’t take the actual exams.
I do have hope though that the situation will eventually improve. In the meantime, I have plenty of things to do whilst I’m social distancing in my house. I plan on doing lots of writing, music practice and going for walks in the fresh air with my family. I’m going to make the most of this time and keep myself as busy as possible.
Thank you for reading this post! Stay safe everyone and don’t forgot to wash your hands! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull