Crookston High School senior and Times student writer Cooper Brown wants to hear from other students coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

    I never expected to spend the last semester of my senior year stuck inside my house, but here we are. School has been out for about two weeks and it won’t be back until at least May, and possibly longer. All of our classes are online, and all sports and other activities have been put on hold.

    I understand that it is important and necessary to social distance, but to be honest it kind of stinks. I was really looking forward to playing my last baseball season and graduating with my classmates, but the chance of those things happening look pretty slim right now. I used to greatly enjoy the time that I had to relax, but now that relaxing is literally all I do, It’s just not the same.

    I just want to get out of the house and get back to real life again. Even school sounds nice at this point.

    One of the scariest parts of the pandemic for me is how uncertain everything is. Nobody knows exactly how long the outbreak will last, how many people will get the virus, or how much longer we will have to self isolate.

    This is going to really hurt our economy, and could put a lot of people out of jobs. I hope that this will all blow over in a few months, but again, we don’t know.

    On the positive side, there is a lot of good that can come from COVID-19. Even though I am not spending time with my friends, I am spending a lot of time with my family. This is especially important to me and all the other high school seniors, as many of us will be moving away next year.

    Life as we know it has stopped, and this gives us a chance to improve ourselves. It’s the perfect time to pick up or practice a hobby, talk to a relative or friend over the internet, learn something, and so many other things.

    Being quarantined is certainly not ideal, but we should make the best of it.

    This is a strange time for all students, and I would love to hear more about other students' experiences. If you would like to reach me and tell me your thoughts, my email is It would be awesome to get input from other students, and put them in future columns. You can choose to have your names put in these columns, or remain anonymous.