A year seemingly defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, social justice movements, one of the most contentious elections in U.S. history and palpable evidence of climate change with wildfires hitting the California coast, 2020 has put many of us through the wringer. Despite all this, the year has also yielded unmatched entertainment and opportunities for personal growth, forcing us to redefine ourselves outside of our routines and face the future with a new sense of purpose and much-needed hope.
Now, we’re walking out of 2020 and taking what we have learned with us. Whether you’re looking to reminisce on the year’s bright spots or learn about our hopes for change in the year to come, this special issue has you covered. After everything we’ve encountered in 2020, here at The Daily Californian, we feel 2021 is no match for us.
Four walls, constant blue light stimulation and living with family have a way of spawning unbeatable comedic content.
— Anishi Patel
We keep fighting about the damages we have done. Burning sides, losing sight, not working together as one.
— Gisselle Reyes
Even though my life now may not be dazzling, I know that in some time, there will be light again.
— Daniella Lake
In a rare silver lining, the environment seemed to benefit from the onset of lockdowns across the globe.
— Luke Stiles
The past 343 days have been bizarre, rough, inspiring, bittersweet and, perhaps more than anything, worth reflecting on.
— Lisi Ludwig, David McAllister and Celine Bellegarda
In the chaos that was the constantly changing Pac-12 guidelines for when to resume play, there were a few glimmers of hope — including one especially bright glimmer.
— Mia Horne
Despite having read it hundreds of times, “The Song of Achilles” continues to captivate me just as much as it did the time I first read it.
— Samantha Lim
While mental health issues are frequently stigmatized as a symptom of weakness rather than genuine illness, leading professionals and student advocates assert that the emotional toll of 2020 has posed a legitimate threat to our well-being.
— Aiko Sudijono
2020 has been a year of discovery and reconsideration, a year of contradictions and a year of selective blank slates.
— Anusha Subramanian
Young, old, tall, short, here, there, friends, family and strangers — we have experienced this year collectively, together, feet planted on the same planet.
— Jasper Kenzo Sundeen