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Tell Your Story – California during the time of COVID-19

Tell Your Story - Terra, Redding
This photo was taken on my 19th birthday in Redding while we were on a hike out by Keswick Dam. The man in the picture is my boyfriend and best friend, John.

 

Terra, Redding

“During the pandemic, I have had a birthday, I finished my first year of college, I got my first internship, I participated in the Black Lives Matter protests, and, thankfully, I have not had anyone important to me die. I would have never imagined any of these life events to have taken place during a global pandemic, but here we are. Participating in a Black Lives Matter protest would have been a no-brainer to me if we weren’t in a global pandemic, but despite the stay-at-home order, my now-boyfriend and I decided it was worth the risk to support the black community. Finishing my first year of college living at home, with my parents, rather than on my beautiful college campus with all my new friends was, quite frankly, utterly disappointing. It’s definitely not how I imagined my school year to end, but I think that this experience has taught me that you can never really plan for the future. No one could have predicted 2020 would turn out this way, but instead of dwelling on all the bad, I’ve been trying to make the best of every situation and just accept this crazy time in our lives for what it is.”

Terra, 19
Redding
6/23/20

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