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Dear new school year,

I wonder what you will be like. Will I be able to experience the things I’ve missed in the past two years? Will I be able to see my friends and teachers together in one room, with no masks? Will I be able to participate in the traditions that make school an experience of social growth, not just academic? I am optimistic that these things are on the horizon. But I also have fears about the world I am growing into – how things have been changed by the pandemic, what the emerging situation about monkeypox is about, and the ceaseless stream of news articles about a variety of issues affecting many people. I wonder what this year will bring, and what I will bring to my future to make the world a better, more optimistic place.


a student


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