This doesn’t seem real.

We are only into the third month of 2020 and this is not how I imagined it. Normal daily routines and schedules have been put aside for the safety and health of the people. I couldn’t agree more. Precautions and decisions need to be made so that the coronavirus can become a thing of the past.

However, those decisions are tough. They impact everyone. As a sports writer myself, a decision made by school boards has made working difficult, nearly impossible. That decision is to suspend all school activities, such as classes and athletics. That puts me between a rock and a hard place.

I know many other sports journalists and they are all in the same boat. As we all scramble to figure out how we are going to pay the bills, this leaves a very sour taste in my mouth. I can’t speak for everyone when I say this, but I love what I do. Having something you love taken away from you without knowing for sure when it will come back is heart wrenching. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

This doesn’t go for just sports media people. Many people are impacted by COVID-19 in different ways. College seniors know what I am talking about.

Since I am a senior at the University of Georgia, I believe that I fall right in.

Life was great when spring break was extended for two more weeks and we all thought we would just go back to class right before the beginning of April. I’m not going to lie.

I was excited.

And then it happened.

The student body was told that UGA was set to transition to online courses for the rest of the semester.

This sat well with me at first. Not having to find parking and leave the comfort of my apartment seemed to work out well for me. But then, I began to think of everything I would be missing out on in my final two months as a college student.

I might never see my friends again.

These friends that I have met in class that I have loved working alongside.

The friendships and connections that I have made with people in my field have been irreplaceable. From my journalism classes to the sports media certificate courses, these people are the salt of the earth. The fact that we all have to leave for wherever without saying goodbye is crushing.

I couldn’t have asked for better professors. As a young adult entering the sports media program, I didn’t know what I was getting into. They have sculpted me into the journalist that I am today and I am very grateful for them.

The nail in the coffin came when commencement was cancelled.

That really hurt. I didn’t think it could get worse.

Four years of hard work and dedication to my career seemed to be flushed down the toilet. I had always envisioned myself walking across that stage and now that won’t happen.

Seniors, thank you for the love you still show for UGA. We will all still bleed red and black even after all this dies out.

I will never regret choosing UGA to further my education. Like many, I will always love this school. Glory, Glory and Go Dawgs.

Wil Wynn is the sports intern for The Oconee Enterprise. Opinions expressed are those of the writer.

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