How Not Traveling and Visiting In a Pandemic Affects People


Leticia Duran

This plane symbolizes the traveling aspect of the story.

Leticia Duran, Journalist

Students from Maywood Academy High School have experienced being apart from their families and friends, especially those who depend on traveling to visit their loved ones.

The outbreak has changed everything including how people perceived their entire year as a whole, based on the simple fact of whether or not they were apart from their family or not.

 “Knowing that I’m not going to see them this year has made me feel like this year isn’t real,” said Leslie Hernandez, a senior from Maywood Academy High School.

For many reasons, it has affected people and they feel alone without the people most important to them. 

“Not seeing the people important to me made me feel sad and kind of alone during these times,” said Hannavey Ortiz, a student from Maywood Academy High School.

The enduring situation that has happened in the past eight months has led those to think about their loved ones more than usual. This shows who the important people in their lives are and why they remember them, think about them, and miss them.

“I miss being able to help my grandma cook and hearing my grandpa’s stories of my mom and her siblings.” said Hernandez.

Those affected by the pandemic also find themselves reminiscing about certain times.

“I have missed the fun times we had like going shopping together and I miss her nice attitude.” said Ortiz.

Unfortunately, people aren’t able to get on a plane and travel to see their loved ones just like one would normally be able to. When a person plans on seeing someone and ends up not being able to, they begin to think about what they could’ve been doing had they been there with them. An common example at Maywood Academy High School would be the person’s grandparents that live in Mexico.

Acapulco, Guerrero: Picture was taken on the street right outside of the photographer’s grandparents’ house.
(Leslie Hernandez)
Taken while on a road in Acapulco, Guerrero. (Leslie Hernandez)

“ I didn’t get to see them this summer and it feels like I’m just missing so much over there,” said Hernandez.