It’s really easy to be upset about the recent news to shift classes online, but it’s especially sad for graduating seniors who didn’t realize they attended their last college class three weeks ago. 

Not to mention, many of the hangout spots on campus or local gathering places are closed for those who stay in Spokane. We are all just waiting for the storm that is COVID-19 to pass. 

For me, the things that make me the most upset aren’t necessarily the classes being canceled, but the everyday things I love that I took for granted. Walking through Bulldog Alley with my Thomas Hammer coffee in hand, saying, "Hi" to people on my way to Hemmingson, socializing in the Starbucks line, seeing a friend at the gym.

These are truly unprecedented times and there is so much uncertainty. It’s really hard to process things like this because there is no manual or guided meditation to walk you through it. The milestones we looked forward to were either canceled or postponed, and our senior year experience is clouded by the pandemic. 

All of this is extremely sad, but listen up. You are still a Zag, you will never let go of the memories you made here, and things will become normal once again. 

College seniors across America have been hit with the same reality, but the most important part of all this is the lesson that life is really short, and we have little control over it. 

This entire year, I have been looking forward to milestones like Senior Ball, my last college class and commencement. But now, all these things that were set in stone are more uncertainties added to the pile. 

All we can do is be present with the people around us and show love and support to our community and nation. Send prayers or good thoughts to people who need them, be socially responsible when it comes to health and know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

Nothing good or bad lasts forever, and the abrupt end to this year is a testament to that. Show up for people who need you this week, reach out to your strong friend and make sure you thank a professor or faculty member who is trying to make your Gonzaga experience better, despite the circumstances. 

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t extremely sad about losing the rest of my year, but this sadness will pass and give way into something good eventually. We just have to make sure to remember our last 3 ¾  years were a gift and our memories, friends and knowledge will never leave us. 

As we go into our online classes, go in with an open mind and remember life is too short to worry about things that aren’t in our control. 

Enjoy the rest of your year, in Spokane or wherever you are, and GO ZAGS!

Jordan Tolbert is a staff writer. Follow her on Twitter: @Jordanvtolbert.

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