A light in the dark, of our new normal. Zariah Spencer’s quarantine story, in her own words: “Since everyone can relate to this, it’s kind of bringing us closer.”
With the world on pause, Zariah finds herself stuck at home.
“My sleep schedule has been flipped around, and my routine pretty much turned into cleaning, crafts, tv, and video games. And I can’t see or be around anyone,” Spencer said.
Since she cannot go to school physically, the remainder of her senior year is taking place virtually.
“Doing online school isn’t at all bad, there is less stress of being late for school. But, I am disappointed that I won’t be able to finish out the year with my classmates,” Spencer said.
Not all people are able to keep in touch with friends and family at this time, but Zariah makes it a point to do so.
“My relationships with friends and family, for the most part, have stayed the same. Although, since everyone can relate to this, in a weird way has been bringing us closer. I am more forced to talk to my friends, since I can’t be around them. I love them, but sometimes I barely text. Now that I all I have is time, it’s a little less challenging to contact them. It helps with social distancing too, being able to talk to them is relieving, even if I can’t hug them. My relationship with my mother has improved as well, we understand each other better now, and it’s really nice,” Spencer said.
Zariah is sad about missing the senior traditions she holds dear, but she stays positive for the future.
“It’s upsetting as a senior, with all the things I’ll be missing. I was really looking forward to senior events, like the picnic. As well as prom, and the senior breakfast. All things considering, there are still things to look forward to, such as college and meeting new people,” Spencer said.
The most special senior tradition she might miss out on, is one that she wanted to share with her mother. Zariah was dreaming of the day that she would walk the stage at graduation.
“I’m my mom’s only child. She only gets to see her child walk the stage once, and that might not happen. I was really excited for both the practice graduation, and the actual thing,” Spencer said.
For Zariah, the future is bright, she looks ahead to better days. She hopes that everyone is able to be happy with the current situation.
“With whatever is going on outside right now, hopefully everyone has learned how to cope with it, and adapt to our new normal,” Spencer said.