Pandemic puts John Jay student on emotional roller-coaster

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Student Journalist Imani-Amie Murphy

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 (details below).  The following is an essay from one of our “Student Journalists”, Imani-Amie Murphy.

Truly these are unprecedented times – at least that’s what everyone’s saying, but I feel that if we look back in history there have been times like these. For example, the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 that was probably one of the deadliest in history to this day, infected around 500 million people worldwide. Knowing that there was such a deadly pandemic that seems to be forgotten in history demonstrates that we will overcome the challenges that are ahead. 

Throughout this break, I’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster. From terrified to relieved, from trapped to liberated, just to repeat the cycle. This break started with me waking up one day with a sore throat. At first, I wasn’t concerned because I’m used to waking up with a scratchy throat that is cured by a bottle of cold water. The panic began when not only did my sore throat not go away, but other symptoms for COVID-19 started to appear. After a few days of trying to remain hopeful and treating it as I would a regular cold, I suggested to my mom that it may be strep. This comment caused my mother to call the doctor’s office immediately; I think we just wanted reassurance that the disease that was wreaking havoc on everyone’s lives did not make its way into my body. Unfortunately, the relief we were looking for was not granted… I had tested negative for both strep and the flu. This news provoked an overdramatic panic attack; for I had come to the conclusion that I was dying of corona, even though all statistics showed that even if I was diagnosed with COVID-19 I have no health complications, so the chance of me dying was around .02 percent.

A couple of days later I began to recover from whatever sickness I faced, just in time for online schooling to start. When online school first started, I was more than ready to have a more productive way to spend my days. Mostly because I was sick and tired of my mom saying “think of how Ann Frank felt” in response to me expressing my severe boredom. Other ways I’ve kept myself occupied is by teaching myself new things such as video editing, recording music, and reading up on topics I want to further my education on.

While in self-isolation it’s okay to feel alone, overwhelmed, or even trapped but, it’s important to check in on your friends and family. My birthday is coming up on May 1st and I decided to hold an online sweet 16. But, you don’t need an occasion for a party, you can hold quarantine parties just for the purpose of checking in on your friends. Or if you don’t feel like being social, treat yourself to a spa day at home. This is a time where the world has slowed down for you so, be positive and take advantage of it.

About the author:
Imani-Amie Murphy is 15 years old (until May 1st). The author lives in Fishkill, NY, and attends John Jay Senior High School.  Imani-Amie Murphy claims to be a very creative person whose hobbies include everything that has to do with art such as drawing, painting, making music, and playing instruments.

f you have a student that is interested in writing a submission, please send an email to Todd Bender at and ask for the submission requirements.