EDITORIAL: Find opportunity in these unprecedented, uncertain times

This editorial urges students to make the most the unprecedented situation they find themselves in.

Graphic Caroline Raps

This editorial urges students to make the most the unprecedented situation they find themselves in.

We are living through surreal times. Few of us woke up on Thursday, March 12 thinking that would be our last day of school for three weeks, or maybe more. Few of us predicted the disruption the coronavirus outbreak would have on our daily lives, from trips, SATs, tournaments and all the other events we were planning for that we’ve seen canceled or postponed.

Quite suddenly, our lives have shifted drastically; the regular milieu of school, sports, clubs, volunteering, homework, spending time with friends, you name it, that dominated our lives, that drumbeat of constant responsibilities, has suddenly vanished, replaced with days stuck at home with nowhere to be, practicing the difficult (but unfortunately necessary) art of “social distancing.”

It’s a lot to process, feeling like a bad dream you just can’t wake up from or something straight from a dystopian movie. It leaves us with many questions. Namely, when will things get back to normal? When will I be able to buy toilet paper again? Will we have prom? Or graduation? And it leaves us with many worries, from the economic toll of the pandemic to the health of our loved ones who are in the at-risk groups.

But, even with this break from normalcy that for most of us is unprecedented, we must make the most of our situation. As high schoolers, there are often days that we’re overscheduled and overwhelmed, running on few hours of sleep. Now, we’re arguably at the other end of the spectrum, though not in a good way, as we brace for inevitable cabin fever.  However, these three weeks should be looked at as an opportunity.

Think about all the things you’ve always said you would get to but never do. Think about all the things you’ve ever wanted to try. You now have a ridiculous amount of time on your hands. Do it! Read a book, learn a language, practice calligraphy, do yoga, reorganize your closet; the possibilities are endless, though it may not seem like it at first glance.

You have three weeks. Yes, you might not be able to leave your house or be within six feet of anyone other than your immediate family members, but you can still make something of them.

This unsigned editorial reflects the views of the Harbinger Editorial Board.