The Tablet Jr. > May, 2021

What is the meaning of courage?

By Sophia Symankiewicz, Grade 7, and Ethan Maingrette, Grade 8

Sophia Symankiewicz

Sophia Symankiewicz

Well according to google it means “the ability to do something that frightens one.” During a time of hardship and struggle our medical workers showed boldness as they went to work in a worldwide pandemic and did their job like they normally do on a day to day basis to help people in need. Worldwide there have been 153 million cases of covid, and there are only 59 million healthcare workers.

Due to the huge difference in covid cases and healthcare workers many of them have had to work overtime to help save the patients lives, and try to keep them healthy. “I know for myself it even made me evaluate my career choice. I was afraid to breathe, I felt suffocated just out of fear. So our stories may be more of fear than courage. ” says Kwanza Young, a registered nurse at NYU Langone. As students we all had the privilege to stay safe in our homes, while our medical workers risked their lives to save the ones we love.

Short staffed, sick workers, not enough supplies, but that did not stop them from showing up and doing their duty to do what they could do. These health care workers have a tremendous amount of courage to be able to go to work everyday saving others lives who suffer from covid or any other health problem, and have strength to push through extra work hours. “I learned that you need to enjoy life when you have the chance too and take it day by day, take a deep breath and keep moving forward.” says Anna Szymankiewicz, a registered nurse who works at NYU Langone. The virus is like an enemy who won’t go away but if we help each other we can make it go away. “We just didn’t know anything. It was fear of the unknown.” says Elena Kotarski, a registered nurse at NYU Langone. There is a chart in Canada that showed the amount of work hours they have to do now and compared to the past, it looks like it almost doubled.

Ethan Maingrette

Ethan Maingrette

Thanks to the strength and courage of health care workers we have been able to fight covid and are getting closer to living our lives normally. I know, as a former student, that going to school during a pandemic is not the easiest thing ever. Although, I want to congratulate you because your strength and bravery will inspire someone in the future! You made history, you are history, how cool is that?

We should all thank God for looking out for all of us during these hard and hopeless times, for being the light amongst the darkness, and for giving us the courage when we needed it most. We may have lost many lives during this pandemic but trust me, when we speak about this in a few years, we will be proud of what we did and what we have accomplished.