A high school student from Long Island disguised himself as the “lost year” of millions of young Americans on the cover of the April 12 issue of Time magazine.
Islip Terrace’s 17-year-old Twyla Joseph was photographed by Time magazine photographer Mohamed Sadek. She also applied for college and shared with time reporter Katie Riley the experience of helping her family earn money during a pandemic.
“It could have been who on the cover, it didn’t have to be me,” Joseph told a CBS News New York reporter prior to the release of the next issue. “But no matter what, it’s the same. We’ve lost a really important time in our lives.”
The· Time magazine cover feature Tells Joseph’s personal story of surviving a pandemic and explains how she is one of the many young people facing these particular challenges.
Joseph’s SAT exam was canceled shortly before it was set to take the exam in March 2020, Time reports. She was then fired from a part-time job in Panela and spent much of her college savings on billing. In remote schools, close contact with counselors has also been lost, making the application process even more difficult.
“You can’t go to college with $ 900 in your savings account,” she told Time. “I literally took a year, maybe a year or two off and wondered what would happen if I tried to wait for things to return to normal. I definitely thought maybe I shouldn’t go. Maybe It wouldn’t be worth it. “
Currently, Joseph, a senior at the Central Islip School District, has decided to start college in the fall and is waiting for who will accept her. She only applied to nearby schools such as SUNY and CUNY to save money, but she didn’t need a SAT score to apply. She told Time that she was excited about all the new experiences and memories that the university brings, including meeting new people, learning, becoming independent, and experiencing dormitory life. — — “If you can do it with a pandemic”
This article cites a decrease in new college enrollment since the hit of Covid-19, including those applying directly from high school.