Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, many events, deadlines, and activities have been canceled or have been postponed. Many high school seniors are extremely upset and disappointed that they will not receive the senior year that they had planned. Whether seniors were involved in sports, clubs, the music department, or Limelighters, they will no longer be able to participate in these activities. As schools and universities all over the country have switched to distance learning, people are questioning what will happen in the next couple of months.
In recent news, it has been announced that AP tests will take place online and changes have been made to these exams. Teachers and AP administers are doing everything they can to prepare students for the exam. College board is providing free remote learning resources and keeping teachers and students updated during these difficult times. They have also made the exams shorter, consisting of 45 minutes of free-response questions. This pandemic will also affect high school seniors who will be moving onto college next year. It is unknown how universities will proceed. It all depends on how much the current conditions improve. Senior, Tia Scotto stated, “I believe the pandemic will get worse but, ultimately begin to clear up in the hotter months of the year, this will definitely affect those of us going to college and it will keep on postponing important things such as accepted students days, open houses and even events for rising seniors.” Senior Mia Nocero believes that “the pandemic will have subsided by then and schools will be back in session, but it will affect the preparation and planning prior to going back which gives us a disadvantage.”
It is evident that everyone has their own opinion of what will occur in the next couple of weeks or even months. Unfortunately, nobody can predict the future and the only thing we are able to do is to be hopeful and do our part for the safety of ourselves and others. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has ordered all New Jersey residents to wear masks and gloves in grocery stores. He has also stated that “New Jersey schools will remain closed indefinitely.” Furthermore, everyone needs to do their part in order for everything to get back to normal sooner. Universities will also be making their decision regarding if colleges will open in the fall.
As a result, COVID-19 has created many changes for everyone all over the world that nobody saw coming.