“When I think about it, COVID hasn’t really had a huge negative impact on me. It has actually helped me focus and reflect on myself and my choices. I learned how to be more confident and happy with myself and not compare myself to others. I also figured out my true opinions and beliefs because when I was around people and all of their beliefs were pushed onto me, it was harder to distinguish my own thoughts from someone else’s. In terms of my social life, well obviously I wasn’t able to communicate with my friends as much, but it was good to just pull back and stop.”

— Genesis Williams