My name is Madison Bush, and I am one of Noah Brewer’s IB students; I also go to St. Margaret’s with my family, the Chetti-Bushs and Hoopers. When Brewer told us about this project, I was excited to do it. So, here you go:

As a senior during the COVID-19 Pandemic, much has been taken from my senior year. I never got to experience my last honors night or prom, and my senior breakfast and activities fell away into nothing; both students and their parents have faced uncertainty and sadness during this time as much of what families have been looking forward to for years has now transformed into something else entirely.

However, even while the 2019 to 2020 school year wasn’t what I expected, it was still filled with crazy celebrations, exciting experiences, memorable meltdowns, stubborn senioritis, real relationships, lasting late-nights, and so much more that will stay rooted within me forever as I grow.

I don’t regret a single thing from my unusual senior year as I learned more about myself and started my journey onto the next branch of life. Thanks to the support of my family and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, I was exposed to compassion, worldwide reading, thoughtful analysis, and heated discussion through writing and exploring as I grew into an even more open-minded and well-rounded individual capable of molding this crisis into a learning experience I can use to make me stronger.

We are now a more united people as we are realizing what a privilege it is for us to be able to go out, have fun, and be around others; we have more appreciation for the little things that are a part of the whole that makes us thrive.

The ups and downs of this year are something we must hold onto forever as they will make us better, smarter people of voice and action in the pursuit of future success in times of both light and dark.