I’m in the Graduating Class of 2020 and I’m Scared for My Future


Like other students graduating during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m nervous about my future being put on pause

I’m graduating from university in June this year. It’s a moment that I’ve been looking forward to since my first year at the University of Toronto. Beyond the joy and accomplishment that’s supposed to come with finishing off my degree in Literature and Critical Theory, this moment was of particular significance to me as a first-generation immigrant. My family immigrated to Canada from China when I was 13 months old, and I’m the first person in my family to attend post-secondary. My convocation ceremony would’ve been a huge milestone for my entire family. 

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

Classes were cancelled, as were in-person exams and extracurriculars and formal year-end events and conferences and convocation ceremonies and a…

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