My name is Maria Silva. I am a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Interact Club, and the cross-country team at Union High School. I am all about positivity and being kind! Some things I enjoy doing are running, going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and giving back to the community. Ever since I was part of the National Junior Honor Society in middle school, it has been a goal of mine to become part of the National Honor Society as a Senior in high school. I am very honored to now be part of a group of such wonderful, goal-oriented, and ambitious peers. 

As we all know, this year has been quite different. One that will, for sure, make history. It will definitely be one for the books. In-person learning turned into virtual learning. Taking out a paper and pencil turned into opening up a laptop. Getting from class to class turned into just a click of a button. Both teachers and students had to quickly adapt to new procedures and routines of this new kind of school day. It’s crazy how things changed so fast. One thing that has stayed the same from in-person learning to remote learning is folders. I think everyone could agree that the frustration of not knowing where a file went after downloading it is a real thing. However, unlike other years when I would actually go buy literal folders for each of my classes, this year, I was able to just make digital ones, which has helped me continue to stay organized this school year. This is just an example, but there have been so many things that we’ve had to find new digital ways of doing. Our resilience will only make us better as we move forward.

Overall, I think something we could all take away from this experience is that we can’t go back into the past nor can we jump into the future, so it’s important to just enjoy and truly appreciate the present. Also, remember to always be kind and understanding of others because the Wi-Fi is not always stronger on the other side.