As we all know, it’s been a strange year so far. COVID-19 has hit the United States hard, and Americans with chronic illnesses and those of an advanced age have faced the brunt of the pandemic’s wrath. For me, plans were disrupted and altered completely. I was supposed to spend the last couple weeks of March at a human rights conference in the UK, followed by several days in Boston for a College Diabetes Network conference. These events were cancelled, as was the last quarter of my senior year. I retreated home to Maui in March to quarantine my senior year away.
"Unfortunately, the best laid plans can’t account for rising COVID-19 cases."
"I don’t know where exactly I’ll be in three weeks, or in three months, or next year; wherever I am, I hope I’m putting some positive back into the murky times we’re wading through."
Despite this, there’s hope. I’ve worked to help those around me understand the severity of the pandemic by explaining its possible repercussions for my health. There’s an inner circle of people that I know better understand the gravitas of this moment because of my explanations. It’s this personal influence we can have on the people around us that makes me optimistic about our future. I don’t know where exactly I’ll be in three weeks, or in three months, or next year; wherever I am, I hope I’m putting some positive back into the murky times we’re wading through.
Lauralei Singsank is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon. During her time at UO, she was president of Ducks With Diabetes, the school's CDN chapter. Lauralei graduated out of the Clark Honors College with degrees in music and political science and a minor in peace studies. During her final term, Lauralei lived at home on Maui and spent her free time feeding her guinea pigs and playing pickleball. She'll be going to law school next year.