Coronavirus diaries: Amelia!

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

17 comments

  1. Amelia! It’s lovely to read your posts again. I’m with you on the virus. I didn’t give it much thought at the beginning either, but it has spread insanely fast throughout the world which is definitely scary. As long as we all do our part, stay inside, keep our distance, wash our hands, hopefully we’ll all get through it and be more prepared should another pandemic like this happen in our lifetime (which I also really hope won’t happen) Hope you and your family are doing well ❀

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  2. Amelia, I missed your posts! ❀ I don't know if I'm already over freshman year because our school year never really ended yet and there's no public announcement from our uni president about it… but I'm off school until August. I don't know what will happen to us, lol. But for the mean time, I'm staying at home since we're in an enhanced community quarantine. Please always stay safe! I can't wait to read your posts! ❀

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  3. Aw I’m so sorry your year 11 experience was cut short Amelia 😦 But remember, there are many beautiful times ahead.
    I love this idea for a series hun, thanks for spreading the joy even in a difficult time! Stay safe!!

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  4. I am so sorry that your last year had an abrupt ending, I really hope everything with your grades goes well despite everything. This is such a scary time and I really hope things do start to look up soon. Sending you love and positive vibes – stay safe honey! xxx

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  5. It is very surreal. As it is not a visible thing like earthquake or flood it is hard to comprehend. It definitely felt very distant until it suddenly hit. Can not imagine what like not doing GCSES; I can remember revising for my all through Easter hols so would have been weird to suddenly not be doing the exams after all the years of build up and people saying how important they were. I’m sure for next few years you will talk about which GCSEs you did, grades etc… But once get into mid twenties no one asks you those questions again; even at job interviews.

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  6. Hi Amelia! It’s been a while since we chatted, so I wanted to say hi πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• and let you know that I’ve made a new blog!
    This is such a cool idea for a series. The pandemic has been crazy for sure. I enjoyed reading your perspective on it!
    Hope to hear from you soon!

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  7. […] The Coronavirus diaries: These were released during the pandemic and they documented the feelings and experiences of different people in the UK during the lockdown. It was actually my Auntie’s idea and working on this project during lockdown gave me a sense of purpose. The diaries themselves are little pieces of history and I am so proud to have them on my blog. […]

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