We all remember our senior year. The excitement and the anticipation of whatever life had in store for us next. The parties, celebrations, award nights, PROM! It's truly a time in which every teenager has looked forward to their whole lives. So what happens when all of those plans are abruptly put on hold? How do you find ways to celebrate your biggest achievements when the world seems to have been put on pause overnight?
We asked our followers to tell us what their experience has been like as a member of the Class of 2020 during this unprecedented time.
Meet Shae Ashamalla! She is a Senior at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, CA. She tells us more about her virtual senior experience and selected her "Grad Gift Picks" to share with all of us!
“When growing up, I always thought it would be like the movies. I’d spend my last quarter as a high school senior ditching class, celebrating my 18th birthday, dressing up for prom, and walking across the graduation stage, diploma in hand. On Friday, March 13th, I wasn’t feeling well, and with the recent news I decided to just stay home and rest until Monday. That was my last day of high school.
Since then, my biggest adjustment has been to celebrating all of these ‘move-like’ memories, but from the comfort of my own room. I celebrated prom on a zoom call, with a prom dress I bought at The Closet Trading Co. in August, after I pestered the buyers to take it in when I worked there. I have celebrated my 18th birthday with a car parade, which has become a staple during the pandemic. I will be throwing my cap into the air from the comfort of my car during my high school drive by, and I will be starting my first day of in the fall college, as of yesterday’s announcement, on Zoom.
The biggest way we can celebrate our grads, is by getting creative, and in my opinion, being “extra af.”
All kinds of people I didn’t expect showed up to my car parade. No one is able to say that the Jonas Brothers played at their prom. We plan to decorate my car with chalk paint and balloons before my graduation drive by.
As for college, I have no idea how to make it “extra af,” but if there’s one thing I’ve learned through this, it's that everything looks a little better with a little sparkle.
I am the most excited to start the next chapter of my life, college, from the comfort of my dorm room instead of my bedroom. As for now, I’m going to enjoy finishing up my classes for this year in my sweatpants while I can.”
Congratulations to Shae and the rest of The Class of 2020! We hope that all of you are finding unique and special ways to celebrate your achievements and we wish you the best of luck as you navigate this next chapter in life.
Need some gift inspo for your Grad? Check out Shae's "Grad Gift Picks" from our online store!
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