Anna Grace Bowling

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The Little Things in Life

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The Coronavirus outbreak is making people all around the world question what the future holds and what will be cancelled and postponed, but it mostly brings people to realize the things they took for granted before the outbreak of the virus. Activities as simple as going out to eat and sitting in a restaurant among the company of others, attending church on Sunday’s surrounded by people, going shopping at the mall and hanging out with a group of friends on the weekend are hobbies that no one used to think twice about doing. Now, most have realized that these activities are hard to go on without.

Senior Jamarcus Davidson never expected that he would be finishing the remainder of his second semester of his senior year from his kitchen table. Davidson said, “I miss my daily routine, being able to hang out with my friends, see teachers and friends at school every day and participating in school activities. Track is something I already miss. Competing against other schools and running alongside many talented people and coaches is really something special that I hate was taken away so early in the season.” Davidson used to find himself complaining about waking up early for school and sitting in a desk, but he said that he “took for granted being in an environment like Wesleyan. Going to a school like Wesleyan is a once in a lifetime experience that, being a senior, you can’t get back once it’s over.” As a senior, Davidson has had to accept the fact that the end of his year looks a little different than he expected due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, to all the seniors, you are loved and understood. It is impossible and unfair to grasp the concept that things like senior prom and graduation are not promised but know that the next chapter ahead will be an even brighter one.

Faculty and teachers have also experienced the relational and emotional struggles that Coronavirus has presented. However, high school faculty Alex Bufton said that she is thankful for this time of rest and rejuvenation. With lots of free time on her hands, Bufton said, “A new habit I have picked up is playing the keyboard. I learned how to play ‘Delicate’ by Taylor Swift and I’ve been watching YouTube videos so that I can learn how to play more songs.” Although there are a lot of things that are hard to do because of the Coronavirus and quarantine, there is also a lot of time to learn something new and add something beneficial to your routine in life. Trying something new is not always easy during school, sports practice and everything else that keeps life busy, but now there is a lot of time to find a new talent or hobby. During this time, Bufton also realized what she took for granted before the virus. She said, “I took Sage dining for granted while I was at school. I hate making my own lunch and I miss going out to eat. I took people, leaving my house and really everything for granted.” While there is a variety of things that people look forward to after quarantine ends, Bufton said, “I am excited to be able to go out to eat at a restaurant again and to spend time hanging out with my friends.”

Junior Margaret Dudley also acknowledged that there were many things she took for granted before the Coronavirus outbreak. However, she said the main thing that she took for granted was “office hours and being able to talk to teachers face to face when I need help with something.” Although school remains in session online, Dudley said that one habit that she has picked up has been “going on runs and then following that up with a nap. I have really taken advantage of this time of rest and relaxation.” Dudley also said, “Some of the hobbies, like running, I will definitely continue, and I won’t forget to be thankful for the little things in life, especially now that we don’t have those things, but I think my routine regarding schoolwork and activities will remain similar to what they were before when the Coronavirus passes.” When this quarantine does end, Dudley said, “I am excited to resume fun outings, hanging out with my friends and being in community and fellowship with others.”

This time of quarantine and uncertainty has been noticeably difficult, and this is undoubtedly an unprecedented time. Little moments such as laughing with friends, worshiping in a church filled with hundreds of people, going out to dinner among the company of others, going to school and being present in a classroom and practicing sports and after-school activities are not things that anyone would have ever dreamed would be taken away so quickly. However, it is important to remember that, in the end, this time is beneficial. Even though the news and media may feel dark and unpromising lately, we should not give up hope. Being together in community and fellowship is something that God’s people have been participating in since the beginning of time. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” We have been blessed with a period of rest. This is a time to do good for others and take care of ourselves, and to remember to never again take for granted what it means to be among the fellowship of others.

Mental Health Awareness: Beating the Stigma

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This story mentions suicide. Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts or tendencies is urged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 34 in the United States. Studies show that lack of education and resources regarding mental health could be a reason why some depressed teens could make an attempt on their own lives. The stigma of mental illness discourages many teenagers and young adults to ask for help.  However, it is essential to remember that there are other people out there that experience the same things every day, even some of the world’s most adored stars that seem to live perfect, lavish lifestyles.

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A Golden Start to 2020

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Just five days after ringing in the New Year, the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards took place in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 5. This was a memorable event where all of Hollywood’s finest gathered together to be recognized for their monumental accomplishments in the film industry. The awards and achievements of the celebrities were unforgettable, and stars that strutted the red carpet dressed in high-fashion, designer pieces kept heads turning all night long.

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Wildfires Viciously Engulf Parts of California

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Sporadically for months, fierce wildfires spread across sunny California, ruining the scenery, homes and everything in between. While firefighting crews have made impressive progress, they have not completely extinguished the fires. As of early November, vicious flames continued to advance through California because of the dry, dehydrated climate. The aggressive blazes pushed many residents out of their homes on Oct. 31, and most people returned to find their homes obliterated to ash.

According to NBC News, “Authorities ordered mandatory evacuations of about 490 homes with about 1,300 residents.” The fires continued to swallow homes, and one firefighter was “overcome by smoke from the flames.” While Ventura County Fire Department has worked devotedly to extinguish the fires, the people of Riverside and other nearby areas of Southern California have been warned that “the fires could re-ignite at any moment.” According to NBC News, because smoke and flames enveloped large parts of California, there have been “Rolling power blackouts to prevent downed or damaged power lines from sparking new fires.” Keep Reading

Finding Your Voice

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Dear Wesleyan Community,

How do you find your voice? Rather, have you found your voice? Do you take pride in speaking loudly for others, or do you lead silently by example? When you feel so defeated, so beaten down, where do you find the strength to speak up? Do you advocate for things you’re passionate about, or do you wait in silence for the pieces to fall into place? Growing up in a large public school with a class of over 900 students, I had to find my voice very quickly. I had to learn at a young age to speak up for the passions that I felt strongly about and to protect my peers that didn’t feel like they had a voice to speak up for themselves. So, here I am. This is what has made me the person that I am today.

Coming to Wesleyan as a freshman, I had to learn to tone my voice down. At a school with so few people, I haven’t had to substitute myself in for others. Everyone at Wesleyan has a voice, and I’ve found through my three years here that everyone uses theirs. Whether it be through writing and producing the Green and Gold, cheering loudly for the football team on Friday nights or standing up in front of my classmates and singing on Thursdays in chapel, I have found many unique ways to use my voice at Wesleyan. These ways are immensely different than any that I would have been able to accomplish where I was. Although I do miss the voices and faces of my friends from the past, I am pleased to recognize the voices of where I am now. As co-editor-in-chief of the Green and Gold this year, it is essential for me to present you the information of the world through the voices of the students that work diligently to produce the newspaper. From controversial world news, to the happenings on campus and the gripping features on seniors and students, I hope that reading each issue of the Green and Gold brings you joy, knowing that it was produced with dedication and passion. Thank you for contributing to the Green and Gold by offering your time and eyes to read it.


Anna Grace Bowling, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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