During the first months of 2020, devastation struck home with the Australian wildfires. As the skies turned ashy, and the air became contaminated, there was a sense of gloom settling upon us. However, Australians banded together to support each other as we overcame this obstacle.

As 2020 continued, so did the spread of COVID-19. The first 5 weeks of Term 2 were spent at home, and during this period of time I believe that respect and appreciation for teachers and schooling definitely went up. Luckily, our state has been able to keep the cases low and schooling is almost the same as before.

In this unprecedented time, the internet has provided entertainment for everyone and has also produced great outcomes. On a global scale, people became more connected through the internet, whether it be watching the same show or playing online games together. This also doesn’t just apply to a global scale, I feel as if the relationships between people have improved immensely and that once again, appreciation for the people around us has gone up.

After the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement and overall attention to racism, awareness has increased. Although some don’t support the movement, I feel that it was necessary to address the issues of racism on a global scale towards people of colour. This event meant that people of colour could speak up and have a voice against the discrimination that they face.

As a student, and someone part of the future generation of leaders, although many of us feel that 2020 was a bad year, I instead believe that 2020 is the year when we start making change.

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