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Our 2020-2021 honorees wrote about the character traits they've had to demonstrate most or relied on most during the pandemic.
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The character trait I had to demonstrate the most during the pandemic was leadership. My leadership skills was put to the test more than anything because I was the oldest child in the house. My aunt was working from home so I wanted to help out as much as I possibly could during the pandemic.
The best way I showed leadership was making sure that I did my schoolwork, so I could lead by example. Leading by example is easier said than done I had many distractions from my school work and the most difficult was my cellphone but I adjusted. I also helped the younger kids with their homework which help me with my work and also gave my aunt a break while she worked. My leadership skills wasn’t just demonstrated during school work. I would also plan outdoor activities like racing tag and doing tricks on the Hoover board.
During the pandemic I had to adjust to everyday life and it was scary a lot of the times but what I have gained out of this pandemic that I will cherish for the rest of my life is being able to step up and be a leader. My leadership skills was put to the test and I passed with flying colors and under pressure I have what it takes to be a successful leader that my family and friends can rely on in the time of need.
In March of 2020, I knew things were going to change. The pandemic not only had an affect on the world’s social life, but my school life as well. I knew I had to persevere. Wouldn’t you agree that perseverance is important to today’s world, especially during the pandemic? Here are the reasons why I had to demonstrate more perseverance during the pandemic.
Learning virtually is one reason why I had to demonstrate perseverance. Although my teachers were always encouraging me, I had to encourage myself. At times when I wanted to give up, I had to keep pushing because I knew my goals for this school year. I knew I had to do everything possible to make it to 6thgrade. In today’s world, especially during the pandemic, you have to make better decisions because if you want anything in life, you have to be determined to get it no matter the circumstances. I had to humble myself, work harder, and make smarter decisions and what better time to start preparing for my future than now! Perseverance is very important because it enables us to persist in the face of difficulties. It can help you stay motivated and continue towards the things you want to achieve.
As I conclude, perseverance can help and guide you towards striving for a goal. You can make better decisions not only for yourself and others. They will begin to follow in your footsteps and persevere. These are the reasons why I believe I have demonstrated perseverance more through the pandemic.
“Breaking News! A new virus was found in China a couple of days ago. Our studies have shown that it is highly contagious and might be dangerous,” “Yeah right,” I said, eating some Cheerios.
Over a year ago, most people thought broadcasts like this were crazy and (like always) they stretched the truth. Well, believe it or not, they were right, in fact, spot on. Through this pandemic, many people displayed major acts of bravery through many forms. It could be from going to a restaurant to essential workers like fire fighters, scientists, nurses, doctors, police, the list could go on. But today I will be talking about bravery within me and many other people.
All of us display acts of bravery every day. It could be from going to school during a pandemic or saving people’s lives. One way I was brave during this pandemic was going places and seeing people. I found it tough to do these things because I wanted to keep me and others safe, but, I also wanted to see my friends and family. Another way I showed bravery during COVID-19 was not freaking out over every single thing (which is very rare) that could happen to me and the people who I care for. Instead, I looked at everything that I had and everyone that was safe.
Sometimes, you have to be brave to get things done and live your life. COVID made everyone stronger in a sense that you can get things done.
I think the most important character trait that I’ve had to demonstrate during the COVID-19 pandemic is, Responsibility. Since this pandemic has begun, the school has changed. Even though I still come to class twice a week, it is still my responsibility to be on time for class every day, listen to the teacher as she is presenting our lesson, complete all of our assignments, and upload them to CANVAS. It is also my responsibility to participate in class as well. Some of my classmates don’t participate in class like they should. This is not showing responsibility for keeping up with class assignments and listening to the teacher. Hopefully, they will not have to repeat the 5th grade again this upcoming school year of 2021-2022.
It is my responsibility to complete my assignments for all of my classes so that I can earn good grades. Ultimately, it is my responsibility (not anyone else) to log onto Microsoft Teams for class, listen in class, complete and upload my assignments before the deadline date. Sometimes, students may blame their parents for not getting their classwork done or having a weak internet signal. This is not right or fair to parents. Most parents are working hard and trying their best to provide everything they can for their children. It is our responsibility as students to do our best work in school and make our parents and ourselves proud. The responsibility is OURS and no one else’s.
The best character trait that describes me is helpful. I enjoy helping others in any way that I can. Even though I get praised for my efforts from my teachers, family, and friends, that is not why I do it. I believe in treating others the way I want to be treated. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I had several opportunities to display this trait. I assisted my classmates and my mom.
Helping my classmates during this time gave me a sense of pride. We switched to virtual learning, which was new to us all. I’m not a computer expert, but I assisted some of my classmates with accessing assignments, taking screenshots, and joining virtual class meetings. I am pretty good in math, so I try to explain or show my classmates how to solve difficult problems in an easier way.
I was able to help my mom during her recovery. Last year, my mom was diagnosed with Covid and became very weak. I helped my grandmother take care of my mom by helping her prepare meals and keeping everything sanitized. This pandemic has been hard on us all, but I hope that I can continue to be a helping hand to others.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on so many people. However, during this time I found courage I didn’t know I had. So, the character trait that I demonstrated the most was “Courage.”
I demonstrated courage because before this awful pandemic I didn’t really believe in myself. Now I really truly enjoy writing, reading, and having fun without having a lot of people around, I make my own fun. I’ll be the first to admit, I gained courage during this pandemic by really doing things that I would have never done before Covid-19. I demonstrated courage, by doing the safe and right things during the pandemic. This took a lot of courage because as a child it’s hard for us to always find that courage to do what we’re supposed to do. Courage has really changed me throughout this pandemic. For example, being more respectful to others and myself. I’ve also demonstrated courage by being brave, to do the things I like and not letting my fears get the best of me. I say that because I found the courage to not be afraid.
There is no doubt, that I found courage during this awful pandemic known as Covid-19.
Before there was a pandemic, I wasn’t appreciative of being able to go to school in person. I didn't want to go to school because I wanted to be home-schooled. I was happy when they announced that they would be no in-person school. We were going to be learning from home because of the pandemic!
When I first got my Chromebook, I was excited. The first few months of virtual school went great. It was going well until I started having issues such as my Wi-Fi acting up, not being able to get into my classes, and not seeing my friends! As a result, my opinion of being home-school changed. It was hard to learn because of connection issues, and my teachers’ voices were breaking up. It was also challenging to do my work on a computer. Can you imagine having to draw pictures or write and solve problems using a touch pad?
After this experience I have learned to be more appreciative of going to school face to face and not be home-schooled. I leave you with this: be appreciative of what you have. You just never know when your situation could change.
I think that responsibility plays a big role in the pandemic. My nana has trusted me to stay at home because we could not go to school. Two ways I have had to be responsible at home is I have to do some chores and I watch my cousin Elin. Another way I have had to be responsible is by going to the store or paying for and pumping the gas in the car. As you can see, if you are responsible people can trust you. If you tell a lie to your parents, grandparents, or a guardian you can get in a lot of trouble. If you tell the truth, they can trust you and that would be being responsible. I have had to be responsible all my life, but this pandemic has made me have to be more responsible than ever. Being responsible also has to do with how you take care of the environment. One way you can take care of the environment is pick up the trash and do not litter. You get rewarded if you are responsible, if you are not you may get in trouble so do what you are supposed to do and follow the rules at school, home, other’s home or at a store. If people were not responsible the world would be dangerous because no one would watch their kids, do chores, or take care of the environment. Everything would be a mess.
For months now, I have heard my family say things like: “Wow! People are getting sick and dying. We just don’t know when this is going to end”. The pandemic has continued into the New Year and so much has changed. We have to wear masks in public, we can’t get too close to anyone, and we have to sit in class at home. I have never experienced anything like this before. It has been a scary experience. Even though people are sick and staying away from each other, one thing that has gotten me through this pandemic is my courage.
Life during Covid requires all of us to be strong everywhere. Being stuck in the house for months has brought my family closer. Together, we have tried to keep each other calm and happy while trying not to get on each other’s nerves. While times are difficult, I have hope for better days to come. When my parents are worried about things, I tell them that we will get through this together as a family. My courage during this time was unbelievable. I had many thoughts and some fears, but I would never let my family see me get upset or cry. I tell them that we are all strong and that we are even stronger when we are together. Courage and my family have gotten me this far through the pandemic and both will carry me through anything.
I feel the character trait that I’ve demonstrated throughout the pandemic is joy. I always enjoy coming to school. I live in Orangeburg with my foster mom, and school is where my friends are. When school was closed I went to school on the chrome book. It was different but I still talked to my friends and teacher and kept my joy. I like telling jokes and making my friends laugh. It makes me happy. I asked my teacher every day, “When will the school open up?”
When school open back up I was really happy. I like to smile and say “Hello” when rolling down the hallway. Everyone knows my name. My friends help me a lot because I sit in a wheelchair. I tell them they are my “best friends” all the time.
The corona virus has changed school a lot. We can’t high five anymore, and I like doing that. My teacher can’t give me a hug in the morning like she used to do either, but I am still happy and have joy every day that I get to come to school. I am learning new things every day and have free time on my iPad, and all of these things and more gives me joy.
The character trait I have most demonstrated during the pandemic is patience. According to Webster, Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. I have developed patience because of my siblings. You see, my siblings are very energetic and bothersome at times. They may do things that bother me and the only way to handle the situation is to have patience. For example, I may be in class and my sister may make background noises. Since I have patience, I will quietly ask her to quiet down. Another example would be when I was doing a project and my sister was running around yelling. Since I have patience, I calmly asked her to please sit down and be quiet.
During the pandemic, I have truly learned patience and its meaning. Patience is being in a situation that may make you mad, but instead of yelling you handle the situation in a quiet or calm way. I believe that patience is a better way to solve problems.
In conclusion, the character trait I have most demonstrated during this pandemic is patience. I have demonstrated patience by communicating in a calm and quiet way in order to solve problems.
The character trait I had to demonstrate more during the pandemic is Obedience. Being obedient means “willing to do as told by someone in authority”.
At first, I didn’t understand why we had to stay home all the time, and why we had to wear face masks everywhere we went. I also didn’t get why we couldn’t go to church, school, play with our friends, and visit our family members. My mom talked with my sister and I and told us that there was a virus called Covid-19. She said that it could make us very sick and that people could die from it. I started getting scared. The government made rules stating that wherever you go a face mask must be worn and stay six feet apart. When we came to school two days a week, the rules were different. We sat far apart in class behind a glass. We had to wear our masks unless we were eating or drinking. It didn’t feel the same. It was good to see my teachers but I wanted things to be normal. I couldn’t even go to the hospital when my mom had my baby sister. It made me sad, but I had to be obedient.
Being obedient during the pandemic helped me to stay safe and not get sick. If we can all be obedient then maybe one day things can be normal again.
The character trait I had to use a lot during the pandemic is gratitude. Gratitude is being thankful and to show appreciation to someone. During the pandemic, I am most grateful to have food, good health, and a warm home. While being at home, I was able to take care of my Grandma while she recovered from her surgery. I am so grateful I was able to attend virtual school from home. I was able to receive assistance from my Grandma while I was working from home. She was able to help me stay focus on my class work and my fifth-grade teachers. I am also thankful for all the essential workers: doctors, police officers, nurses and grocery store workers. They are able to make sure everyone stays safe and are taken care of. Gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it doesn’t take much time. However, it reminds me of how blessed and thankful I am to still have a positive mind during this year of the pandemic. Most of all, I am thankful for life and having a loving family.
The character trait that I have had to demonstrate most during this pandemic was perseverance. Perseverance is an important trait to be able to demonstrate during a pandemic because of all the challenges that we have had to overcome. I have had to persevere through many difficult situations. For example, I used to play volleyball, but now we are not allowed to practice or play games. That was so hard for me to deal with, but I persevered and I focused my attention on dance. Even though I could not attend church because of the pandemic, I did not let that stop me from learning about God. Virtual learning is another situation that I had to persevere through. This was one of the most challenging tasks that I have endured so far. It was challenging because there were technical issues at times. I had to learn how to use new tools and strategies to help me learn, which required me to push harder than usual.
Living through a pandemic has been hard, but it made me a better student and it brought out my strengths and my abilities. This taught me that no matter what the challenge is, always persevere because ultimately, it is the drive that you have within you that helps you get through any obstacle.
The character trait that I had to demonstrate more during the pandemic is perseverance. Perseverance is defined by Merriam-Webster as “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.” When the pandemic hit, I had to adjust to a new way of learning through virtual teaching. At first, this way of learning was challenging.
In the Book of James Chapter 1 versus’ 2 and 3, it states “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”(NIV) I had to make sure I remain focused, complete all assignments, and do my best so that I would continue to do well in school. But in the midst of all this, I still had faith that everything was going to be okay.
When the pandemic started, I was very excited that we were out of school but I didn’t expect the virus to come and stay such a long time. 2020 took an unexpected turn but a vaccine was developed in 2021. This could possibly mean that we can go back to school! I would say virtual learning is great but I would love to return back to in-person learning to spend time with my teachers and friends. But no matter where we are, we have to remember perseverance is the drive that helps us get through the hard stuff to be successful.
As an Orangeburg Preparatory School fifth grade student, I truly believe that I had to demonstrate dedication more than any other trait during the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe that hard work and consistency are a big part of helping get rid of COVID-19. Things that I have done to help are encouraging others to keep their hands clean. To cover coughs and sneezes. Also to keep our masks on and to wear them the right way so the mask can protect ourselves and each other. While along the way we also need to encourage everyone to get vaccinated.
We all need to be dedicated to defeating COVID-19. If we all do our part, the sooner we can get back to normal. I know many people are sad or lonely because they cannot be a part of a “normal” life. The normal life of when we could hug our family members, have family gatherings, and take trips. I especially want seniors to be able to graduate and celebrate with their friends and families. Since that is an important part of life. We all need to be happy and get our lives back. I am dedicated to helping the cause and to stay positive.
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