A Journalist Taking it Day by Day

Montclair, NJ 10/08/20. Paulina Sanchez posing for an article, “A Day in the Life of a Second Grader During a Pandemic”,- Photo by Celena Sanchez-Olivera

As a child, I was always seen with a book and a journal. At the age of 12, I had set my mind on becoming a writer, so I tried to write my first book and it came out to be very unsuccessful. But that didn’t stop me from continuing to write and I looked into what other jobs have to do with writing when I came across the job of a journalist. I wasn’t that interested in studying journalism until I visited the set of Good Morning America and I was so interested in how the reporters and journalists were working behind the scenes of the show. At that moment I had decided that I would become a journalist. So I worked hard and joined the journalism classes that were given in my school and I even became a senior editor. I’m currently working on writing articles on my own basically being a freelance journalist and working to reach my goal of having an article of mine published in the school’s newspaper.

One of the things that really motivated me through this semester was my family. My family gave me an enormous amount of support and helped me deal with stress because being locked up in your room doing online classes all day can really take a toll on your mental health and found myself feeling down at one point. I also felt really sad because I hadn’t made any friends being that I was a commuter and I didn’t live on campus. So I learned that the school was having a different kind of events every week that was safe and a good way to meet new people. So I went to one of the school’s events where we stuffed our own animals and I enjoyed it and even made a new friend.

At the beginning of the pandemic my parents had gotten badly sick and I had to take care of my younger sister. I remember thinking about what would happen if my parents died. At that moment I knew that I would do anything for my sister and that if it came down to it I would raise my sister to have a future no matter what. She’s my life and I would do anything for her. She’s the reason I try so hard to get an education in order to have a career. Both of my parents are immigrants so they don’t make good money. So I work hard in everything that I do to give my family a better life than the one they have now.

“A Day in the life of a Second Grader During a Pandemic” — Short video. -directed by Celena Sanchez-Olivera

One of my favorite pieces that I created was when I wrote a story about my little sister’s life during a pandemic. Before I did this piece I didn’t think much about what a child’s day can be during a pandemic because it seemed like it was exactly like mine. But in fact, I found her day to be a bit more difficult than mine. Children like her age are filled with energy and there were many occasions where her teacher would have to pause during her lesson to control her students. I felt sad for her because I remembered having one of the best childhood memories in her school and then there’s her where she’ll remember most of them facing a computer screen for more than 6 hours a day.

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Hello! I’m Celena Sanchez, a student at Montclair State university.

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Celena Sanchez-Olivera

Hello! I’m Celena Sanchez, a student at Montclair State university.