We asked students on an online forum what was their best part of 2020? We got some interesting answers, from one about “green dino-poo” to finding new ways to be healthy. 

Madelyn Alves: “The best part of 2020 for me personally was gaining control over my health. Not to say I had any urgent health conditions, but I found purpose in becoming a healthier version of myself mentally and physically. I formed new habits and contributed exercise into my daily routine. This is something that will affect the rest of my life and I got a great start to that in 2020.”

Katie Sell: “The best thing that happened to me in 2020 was that I finally found a routine and stabilized my happiness again. It really gave me the time to work through some personal things and a lot of grief/ personal struggles. Even though a lot of things were going really poorly I used the time to find out what I wanted my life to look like going forward with the abrupt end to high school. I also got to spend a lot more time with my mom which I enjoyed. “

Abby Magda: “The best thing that happened to me in 2020 was moving into my new house with my boyfriend. The year before we were living in a bad area of town and our apartment was in a basement with very little natural light. In the beginning of 2020, we were able to move into a new little house in a cute town called Sellwood, I love our new place and all of the natural light it gets!”

Hannah Salter: “The best thing 2020 gave to me was my son’s 1st birthday party, when he devoured a personal Dino cake all by himself and I was left cleaning up green Dino-poo the rest of the night. Highlight of the year.”

Alicia Kjenslee: “The best thing that happened to me in 2020 was getting to become closer with my boyfriend, friends, and family (mostly my boyfriend’s family). Another great thing about 2020 was learning the value of relationships and love are both greater than anything else in this world.”

Austin Azar: “The best thing that happened to me this year was my weight loss journey. I got more motivated to exercise and to start eating right so I can lead to bettering myself.”

Robert Harris: “In June of 2020 I drove from El Paso to Oregon City. It was 4 days long, I was by myself, in the beginning of lockdown and in the middle of the protesting and riots.” 

2020 was incredibly hard for a lot of us, here’s to hoping that 2021 is a better year. 

Hannah oldham


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