CHANGE & CORONA

HAITIAN CREOLE

BY SAMUEL

JEAN-LUBIN

Pa lwen efè ki pi mal la viris sa a te gen sou mwen te anile nan lekòl la. Pandan ke te
gen yon sèl tèt sa a ke yo te ke li te vin sibstansyèlman pi fasil yo fè travay lekòl la, li tou te vini ak tòn dezavantaj. Pa ke yo te kapab wè pwofesè m 'yo oswa zanmi ke mwen te cultivées tèlman pre pou 4 dènye ane yo se konsa boulvèse. Li reyèlman fè m 'panse konbyen mwen te pran lekòl mwen an pou akòde, tout tan tout tan an reveye panse "mwen pa menm santi tankou ale jodi a" oswa "ugh lè se pwochen kraze nou an ap vini", kounye a pa gen okenn di nan si wi ou non mwen menm vle ale jodi a paske mwen tou senpleman pa kapab. Si mwen te konnen ke dènye jou nan lekòl la te literalman te dènye jou aktyèl la nan lekòl mwen ta gen pran swen li anpil plis olye pou wè li kòm jis yon lòt vandredi. Ou reyèlman pa konnen ki sa ou genyen jiskaske li ale jan yo di. Manman mwen ke mwen se yon imigran nan Ayiti vini nan Amerik bay tèt li ak timoun li yon lavi miyò fè m 'konnen mwen ta toujou gen fè yon bagay bon ak lavi mwen. Pandan ke mwen pafwa te pran sakrifis manman mwen an pou akòde, finalman mwen te konnen ke mwen te fè byen nan lekòl la ak ale nan yon bon kolèj pou tèt mwen ak fè manman m 'fyè. Pandan ke mwen toujou resevwa tout admisyon mwen nan lekòl yo mwen aplike a anvan viris la e mwen kapab ale nan Baruch kolèj nan sezon otòn lan akonplisman an se amèr. Sa a se paske manman mwen p'ap janm jwenn yo wè m 'travèse etap la nan gradyasyon mwen an. Menm si mwen toujou gradye li nan sa ki mache a atravè sèn nan reprezante, li te montre ane yo 4 nan 
travay di yo pase tout klas mwen yo ak tout rg mwen an. Nenpòt fason mwen konnen li se toujou trè fyè de mwen men moman sa a te jis kòm anpil li kòm li se m 'yo. Mwen vrèman espere bagay sa yo ak viris la kontinye jwenn pi bon kòm mond lan kòmanse chanje èspere ke pou pi bon an.

In the course of 4 months the coronavirus completely shifted my life and basically
turned my world upside down. It is still very crucial to acknowledge that even though this virus had a negative impact on my life I am still very blessed that my family and I are okay and healthy. That being said there is almost no aspect of my life that hasn't changed. First and
foremost, simple things like running to the store or going to the park are now decisions that need to be given a second thought on whether leaving my house is really necessary. The sad truth is that I haven’t seen any of my friends in person in several months while we still keep in touch daily through social media and video calls I feel as though we can all attest that the interactions are just not the same.

My mom being an immigrant from Haiti coming to America to give herself and her kids a better life made me know I would always have to do something good with my life. While I sometimes took my mom’s sacrifices for granted, ultimately I knew that I had to do well in school and go to a good college for myself and to make my mother proud. While I still received all my admissions to the schools I applied to before the virus and am able to attend Baruch college in the fall the
accomplishment is bittersweet. This is because my mom will never get to see me cross the stage at my graduation. Even though I'm still graduating it's what the walk across the stage
represented, it showed the 4 years of working hard to pass all my classes and all my regents.
Either way I know she is still very proud of me but that moment was just as much her’s as it is

mine. I truly hope things with the virus continue to get better as the world starts to change hopefully for the better.