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Class of 2020 student speakers: ‘2020 vision’

For many of us, it feels that no matter what angle we look at the situation from, we were dealt the shortest possible end of the stick at this point in time. I challenge you, however, to take another look at the situation. Think beyond the complications that COVID-19 has brought into our lives, whether you agree with them or not. We have the option to take the clouded, imperfect lens we see the world through away from the ground that we stand on now and point it towards the path we’ve walked to get here, only to find that the lens still isn’t any clearer.

As has been said before, hindsight is 20/20, though, and we still have the ability to reflect and learn from the path we’ve walked, even when it’s hard to piece together in the present.

However, if you turn around and look in the opposite direction, forward, that same lens that obscures the important moments of our lives in this unique present shows something completely different within the far-off unknown.

That same odd lens, an annoying mixture of bias and reality, still doesn’t improve our vision when it’s pointed to the future, but it does manage to show us all of the wild and crazy things that might await us on the horizon. …

The choice is up to us. Whether we decide to become veterinarians, morticians, construction workers, historians, scientists or things we can’t even fathom yet. The choice is up to us to start using the perspective we’re given. …

We need to take that step into the unknown with the vision in our heads that we each have a place and reason to be out there, starting with the actions we can take to eliminate the pertinent, systemic issues that constantly harm our peers.

Get ready to take this step for every teacher, friend and family member who prepared us to go forward when the world still felt normal, and for every other person out there taking their own anxious, dangerous steps into a nebulous, unfair world.

Every angle is viable — viable in showing the world that while “2020 vision” is certainly not crystal clear, Loyalsock’s class of 2020 is fully capable of taking on an unknown that is frankly more “unknown” than ever before.

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