Pine Bush 11-year-old calls pandemic ‘out of hand’

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Student Journalist Emelia Cruz.

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”, Emelia Cruz.

As an 11-year-old in quarantine and experiencing something like this for the first time, life is a little out of hand. It feels like amnesia, living in a constant cycle of waking up, school 4 days a week, calling my friends, working out, going outside, being with my dog, and going to bed. It is always repeating.

Before all of this, I always wished we could be out of school for weeks and/or months. Now all I want to do is go back. This online school is difficult and gives me a lot of anxiety. But this is giving me some time to learn new things and to learn in new ways.

Right now if this didn’t happen for my second year in a row I’d be playing volleyball. But unfortunately, it has been canceled. With volleyball being my favorite sport, I wish I could actually play a game instead of me just practicing setting and bumping on my own. But we must stay home and stay safe.

At home, I’ve been taking this time to bake and cook. So far I’ve made cakes, brownies, and the other day I made churros using Disney’s churro recipe. I also help my mom cook with dinner and have been getting a lot of inspiration online.

Sometimes I go through my camera roll to remember all the good memories I have made. As I hope for this to all end soon, I cherish those moments.

About the author:
Emelia Cruz is  11 years old and lives in Pine Bush and goes to Crispell Middle School. The author’s specialty is to bake and cook. Her favorite animal is a sloth and luckily she’s met a baby one before.  In her lifetime she has played almost every sport. Ms. Cruz loves to be with her friends and go on adventures.

If 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.