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With the Support of Many, 2021 Graduate Overcomes Challenges

Alea 1By Alea Knight

2021 Graduate of East Forsyth High

JUNE 14, 2021 – My experience during the pandemic was challenging in numerous aspects. Of course, it was challenging because the coronavirus resulted in a global lockdown.

However, it was also challenging because I lost my mother in the process. Everything appeared to be altering faster than I could blink my eyes.

However, many positives came out of this traumatic event – an event that will eventually make the history books. I moved in with my Grandma after my mother passed. I had to abandon everything I ever knew.

This may sound like a negative, but it’s the reason I came to know Jesus. He provided this sense of healing and peace during a time where the world was full of hurt and unrest. I also began to experience new relationships and I experienced development in my relationships with my family and peers.

It wasn’t easy coping with online school either. Most students would probably say it was the toughest thing they’ve ever had to do.

I’d be lying if I said it was easy. But, because of my grandma, my sister, my dad, my dad’s girlfriend, my mom's friends, my friends, and the rest of my incredible support system, I was able to overcome the challenges.

I’d love to be one of those people who say they wish the pandemic never happened but I’m not. I’m not happy that sickness broke out across the nations and people's lives ended early, but I have learned so much during this pandemic.

I’ve learned the true meaning of faith, how to be joyful even when your circumstances are tempting you to feel the opposite, and how to be victorious even when there seems to be no way.

I hope through my experience others can recognize how your success doesn’t yield when things get tough. If anything, these tough experiences provide space for achievement and success.