Anna, Midland County

Storyteller: Michelle Wilkerson

Anna is an 18-year-old who lives in Midland, Michigan. She is a co-op student for a hospital. Anna puts extra time into volunteering until one day she was asked not to come in. Covid began to spread, and she felt scared, yet it felt like something temporary. she spent her junior year going to class, hanging with friends, and doing school activities. The pandemic came, and events were cancelled. She is now in her senior year of high school and has missed out on events such as prom, homecoming, and celebrating football wins with her friends while dining out.
Anna lost a lot of time with her family and friends. She lost connection with the friends she communicated with only at school. It is hard for her trying to stay connected with other friends through just facetime and phone calls. Even though the pandemic has taken most connection from Anna, she is still grateful to spend a lot of time with her siblings and parents in quarantine. Her being a triplet, exciting things were constantly inspired. They had time to play board games, have movie nights, and eat together.

This pandemic has taught Anna the meaning and potential of spending time with her family. The things she has lost are nothing compared to what she has gained. Her relationship with her parents has improved. Anna learned the meaning of enjoying those around her even if everything is not going as planned. She has gained a broad perspective on life and has gratitude for the events, outings, and friends she took for granted. She believes in patience and will be aware that there is no rush on life and to take everything day by day.

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