Op-Ed: How My Life Has Changed During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Everybody has been handling the quarantine differently, high school students especially. This quarantine has been healthy and toxic for many people. Many students have been needing a long break from school, teachers, and the stress that school puts everyone through, but a lot of students have toxic homes and argue a lot with family. 

Personally, this quarantine has been good for my mental health  and helping me get all of my work done, since I struggle with going to class and I know multiple other students do as well. These times at home have also been difficult to be away from friends and family, so here are some ideas from what my family and I have been doing. My mom and I have been trying out new recipes and it has been amazing, she does the cooking and I do the baking. One of my favorite things I have made is a strawberry with cream cheese frosting on the inside. Which is simply just butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and powdered sugar in hollowed out strawberries. My cousin/upstairs neighbor and I have been going on walks with her dog, Kea, spending some time outside listening to music soaking in the sun and sometimes doing some yard work outside with our families. 

Since it has been getting warm out it’s good to get out of the house, with a mask on and six feet away from others, and go outside to soak in some Vitamin D, and breathe some fresh air. Also, getting some of the online work done everyday is good for the brain, maybe even read a book for fun. Plus you could join these two activities together and read a book outside. Social distancing and staying in quarantines is highly recommended but seeing a friend every once in a while is not such a terrible idea either, as long as you are both healthy. I believe it's important to stay active and see your loved ones every once in a while because these times are getting hard. It is very important to spend some time with the people you care about, not too much time though.

Netflix has been a lifesaver for us, movie nights have become an everyday thing. Arrow just might have to be one of the best shows on the app. Arrow is an American superhero television series. The story follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen(Stephen Amell), who claimed to have spent five years shipwrecked on Lian Yu, a mysterious island in the North China Sea, before returning home to Starling City (later renamed "Star City") to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow. Throughout the series, Oliver is joined by others, among them former soldier John Diggle(David Ramsey), I.T. expert and skilled hacker Felicity Smoak(Emily Bett Rickards), former assassin Sara Lance(Caity Lotz),  aspiring vigilante Roy Harper(Colton Haynes), Oliver's sister Thea(Willa Holland), and attorney-turned-vigilante Laurel Lance(Katie Cassidy), and the team just grows on throughout the seasons. Overall, the team of vigilantes go out fighting crime and criminals who try to harm their city. I highly recommend watching this show if you are into superheros, but a little more into reality.

Julia Freitas

Julia Freitas is fourteen years old and was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has three half brothers, Matthew, Pablo, and Artur, who live in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She also has an older sister, Tays Alves, that lives in Framingham, Massachusetts along with her dad, Wallace Freitas. Julia lives with her mother, Regina Freitas. She used to live in Waltham and Framingham but moved back to Malden about three times. After high school she hopes to go to college to become an immigration lawyer, since most of her family members tried to come to America. Freitas wants to help people come here legally and safely and be able to stay.

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