Journal Reflection from Casey Jennings: How COVID-19 has impacted young people?

I am a 17-year-old young person. I am writing this speaking on behalf of young people having a hard time due to the COVID-19 outbreak and how it has impacted the majority of young people’s life. It has affected young people in many different ways. My experience in this very sad time has been hard and I have struggled a hell off a lot, 1 off the biggest impact it has had on me is being able to earn money to buy my food and other essentials that I would usually buy. I am also unable to do my training to become a hairdresser which is very stressful as I really enjoying learning how to braid and style hair.

On behalf of young people that go to college, it has impacted them a lot because of them not being able to do the course that they have been studying and coming to the end of. 1 off the biggest things is that all exams have been canceled and being someone who didn’t get their exams but revised a lot to try and pass I know how stressful it can be when coming up to an exam and then hearing it has been canceled. This can affect your future but only if you let it, I didn’t pass mine but I have still been given a chance to do something with my life even if it is just being a hairdresser in my eyes I feel like I have achieved something knowing I had no GCSEs.

For young people reading this please don’t think you won’t be able to do what you want to do in the future you can still achieve whatever it is you want you just have to have patients and it does take time but you’ll be happy once you have something you like doing. Don’t let your exams being canceled affect how you are. For young people that would usually see their family’s and go out with them, it has affected being able to spend quality time with them. Knowing now that it’s affecting young people as well as the old it is very worrying because symptoms aren’t showing straight away it’s taking a few days to show any symptoms.

Majority of young people don’t like staying in they like to be out and being in the lockdown has affected that and it is making quite a few young people get stressful and do things they wouldn’t usually do, like start paining the house, sleeping a lot, watching too much tv and just eating because they are bored. I hope young people who are reading this think before they wanna go out as soon as we all listen and stay in this will be over and life will get better.

Thank you to the NHS for their help and all the postman, bin men, and shop assistants who are still working and risking their lives to help us. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope everyone stays safe and stay at home.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by the virus please contact the NHS directly: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

Hi, I am Casey! I am 17 and my goal in life is to be able to have my own business as a carer or a support worker. I am very interested in communicating with younger people who have experienced not having certain things in life and who have problems with family as I can relate. I like being able to help people and letting people talk about their problems. I am currently working as a hairdresser in the Afro- section and I really enjoy it and I’m looking to take that further and maybe have my own salon.

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