The lost year: Social interaction

Over the last year and a half we have been staying in our homes due to Covid-19. Being away from friends and family has been difficult, but many people found a way to safely spend time with loved ones.


Parneet Kaur

Parneet Kaur, in a black hoodie and leggings, holding a Krispy Kreme box and a friend, in a long-sleeved red shirt and black leggings, also holding a Krispy Kreme box, against the backdrop of a park.

Parneet Kaur, a freshman, found a way to spend time with her friends and family. She used to hang out with her friends socially distanced outdoors. One day, she and her friends got Krispy Kreme donuts and had a little picnic in a park. 

Parneet stayed in touch with her family too. She talked to her uncle who lives in a different country very often. “Every week we would just call each other and check up on how we were doing,” says Parneet. 


Nina Rock

A girl (on the right), in a blue shirt, black leggings, black mask, and wearing a pink tiara, cutting a birthday cake on a table with plates, spoons, etc. A girl opposite to her, in a white shirt and blue jeans, cutting the cake with a knife. A girl behind her, in a purple and white flannel, white shirt, and blue jeans, and a blue mask looking towards the cake. All of them are standing in a red-fenced backyard in front of a tree.

Nina Rock, a freshman, was able to spend time with her friends as well. “I would hang out with my friends at the park because it is outdoors,” says Nina.

For a friend’s birthday, Nina put together a video of people wishing her a Happy Birthday. She also biked to her friend’s house with a mask to say happy birthday to her. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, Nina and many other Huskies were able to celebrate the special occasions in their lives with their loved ones.

Nishika Datla is a freshman at Washington High School. She was born in Hayward, but has lived in Fremont her entire life. This is her first year with the Hatchet, and she looks forward to having a great time. She is interested in covering stories about the arts, activism, and important events in both the Washington community and the world. Nishika enjoys drawing, baking, and hanging out with her friends. In the future she hopes to go to college and become a scientist.

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