12-year-old anticipates seeing friends after quarantine

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Student Journalist Nelsa Fralick.

Mid-Hudson News has launched a “Student Journalist” section to allow elementary, middle, and high-school students to write essays or “news as they see it” for submission.  The following is an essay from one of our “Student Journalists”, Nelsa Fralick.

To a lot of people, it seems that quarantine will never be over and that things will never be the same. When you think about it a lot of places might not be able to open back up, because they might not have the money to stay open. This could happen because people are going to be very cautious when everything gets back to normal, and they might not want to go out to the store. A Lot of people are not going to want to be with other people when this is over. People will most likely stay 6 feet away from other people out of fear. That fear could be that it might still be possible to catch the virus even when it is over.  

When I asked my friends “ what are you going to do when we get out of quarantine?” Most of them answered, “Be with friends and family, and go to school .” I know for a fact that we all miss each other and our teachers. One of our teachers likes to say the 7th grade is the best and her favorite class. The 7th grade acts as a big family when we are around each other.  We always act like we are family and they are my second family, we always call each other “sis” and we truly act like a family. It is very heartbreaking to know that the one you love and are close to can get COVID-19.

Student Journalist Nelsa Fralick


I know that me and my friends will try to rush to see each other again and be with each other. I hope everything goes back to somewhat normal so me and my friends and family can have parties and hangout. I also can’t wait to be with them on their birthdays again. I miss the days when me and my friends or family would celebrate with each other. It is truly sad that children have to stay inside when they should be outside playing with their friends. My friends are what keeps me going and they encourage me to try harder. They are very important to me. It is very sorrowful that I don’t get to see them. 

About the author:
My name is Nelsa Fralick and I am 12 years old. I go to Saint Peter’s Catholic School, I am in the 7th grade. I live in Poughkeepsie. I like to read books, play outside, and at school, I am in the ITV program.

If you have a student that is interested in writing a submission, please send an email to Todd Bender at bender@midhudsonnews.com and include a brief bio and picture of the student along with a note from the parent giving us permission to edit and post the story and photograph.