Raven, San Jose
“COVID-19 has caused me to value my relationships with people more than I ever have in my life. Both of my parents are nurses: my father is an RN at Stanford Hospital, and my mother is an RN at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. They are front-liners and are constantly exposed to coronavirus. I live in constant fear that something will happen to my parents or family. COVID-19 has made me truly realize how precious life is, as it can be taken away at any time. While this pandemic strengthened my relationships with some, it definitely caused me to break some relationships with others. On social media, I see pictures of some old friends breaking quarantine to hang out with other people. It disheartens me that so many people are dying or putting their lives on the line to help those in need while more privileged people feel entitled to just leave their homes and exacerbate the current issues as a result.
“Over these past few months, my grandma celebrated her 85th birthday and my sister celebrated her 13th birthday. Additionally, my cousin had to postpone her wedding in the Philippines. Quarantine made me really value precious moments such as these. I did not realize how much being around my family and celebrating together meant to me, until we had to stay at home.”