‘When normal life stopped’: College essays reflect a turbulent year

Ahmed AlMehri, who attends the American School of Kuwait, wrote …. “Fareed Al-Othman was a poet, journalist and, most importantly, my grandfather. Sept. 8, 2020, he fell victim to Covid-19. … Balancing the grief of his death, school and the upcoming college applications was a struggle; and my stress started to accumulate. Covid-19 has taken a lot from me, but it has forced me to grow stronger and persevere. I know my grandfather would be disappointed if I had let myself use his death as an excuse to slack off.” Ahmed has been accepted by the University of California, Irvine ….