Students wish for better 2021


A segment from the movie the Princess Bride.

Enaya A., Junior Editor-in-Chief

No one needs a newspaper to know 2020 hasn’t shown much kindness. By March, this year had already proved its effectiveness in leaving everything in, frankly, shambles. With optimism, however, the high school student body offers a more lighthearted approach presented through an interview for ASD Times, giving a little humour to the doom and gloom.

Among some of the chaos, some key events stand out. For the first half of the year, “There was that time The US almost sparked WW3, then Australia was on fire,”  L. Pacheco (‘24) summarized, “and then COVID happened somehow. It’s like each month there was a new way reality was trying to mess with us.” That’s only up until March. Fast forward to August, in the heat of the revitalized Black Lives Matter movement, coupled with whatever Trump seemed to do at any given moment regarding anything, school started again, and quite precariously. For some, this was the worst part; “the whiplash from doing nothing for 3+ months, then getting plunged into the academic face slap that is high school,” as stated by Y. Cho (‘24). The only thing keeping her lucid through her schoolwork, she says, is her obligation to Animal Crossing, quite possibly the game of the summer with record sales. As did most things, it seems ‘summer camp’ came to the internet. Most 9th graders can probably agree that beginning their high school experience with virtual learning is challenging and something even teachers have trouble with. 

Yet somehow, the majority of the 18 interviewees, when asked to rate the year on a scale from 1 (worst) to 5 (pretty good), gave 2020 a 3, which may or may not say something about the overall perspective of the student body. 

When it comes to 2021, though, perspectives vary. On his goal for next year, H. Anand (‘24) says, “I want to become a mathematician with 38 PhDs.” With equal confidence, A. Amir (‘21) wants to “get admitted to a university. Any university.” Does that say anything about high school metamorphosis? Perhaps.

In response to what wish students had for 2021, anonymous responses range from “get stellar grades,” to “being successful,” to “ my parents [to] not be disappointed in me,” and lastly, one even I can support: “make me taller.” Here at ASD, we set the bar high… maybe a little too high for some of us. 

The tumultuous year has undoubtedly put people at a loss for control. Naturally, it wouldn’t hurt to imagine a world of your own when it comes to next year. 

If she could make anything happen in 2021, with true heroism, E. Chaudhry (‘24) would arrange for bats to go extinct. 

In contrast, Pacheco has devised a plan to reverse the damage, should he ever possess future-altering powers. “It’s 2020, except instead of making us want to die, it’s just good things each month. In January, COVID disappears, February, corrupt politicians just resign, March, forests start to regrow, and good stuff happens for the entire year.”

Providing a different approach is A. Amir, suggesting to simply “Erase the human race and start over.” Or as L. Mathew (‘24) states even more simply, “Burn. Burn everything.”

It’s safe to say that the future is in good hands. 

In all seriousness, 2020 might just be a year crafted from nightmares. Still, all credit is due to each individual in the worldwide community for pulling through despite it. Perhaps 2020 only pointed out the weaknesses present in humanity, and perhaps it was all just a cruel joke. Either way, 2021 has no guarantees, and it’s up to you all to make something out of the chaos. Celebrate the wins, learn from the losses, make the change you want to see, overthrow the regime, pay attention in class, water your plants, drink lots of water, read a book, and of course, wear a mask.

Here’s to 2021.