Siblings Leaving for College


Chloe Mann, Staff Writer

Students this year are going through many changes. Between the COVID-19 crisis, online school and politics, it is hard to find things that haven’t changed. Kids like Cyanne Voigt and myself [Chloe Mann] along with many others experienced a change that could be difficult to cope with during this uncertain time. As our siblings leave us for college, we learn to make decisions for ourselves and become more independent.

Like many students that graduated from Alliance High School, Colter Mann and Thalia Gonzalez didn’t go far. Mann is continuing his education at UNL, and Gonzalez is going to UNK. Cyanne Voight doesn’t plan on going to the same college as her sister. When asked what she would change when she goes to college she says, “I need to be more open to meeting new people.”  Voight says that her sister taught her, “how to deal with stress and school work.” The biggest change she has noticed since her sister left is, “The house is a lot quieter. I only have brothers at home or close to home and boys are annoying.” On a scale of one-ten of how much she misses her sister, Cyanne says it is a six. 

On a scale of one-ten on how much I miss Colter, I am about a seven. I noticed that I am a lot hungrier because most of the time I’m too lazy to cook for myself. My brother taught me a lot before he left. One of the things he taught me was how to cook, and how to clean up after he was done cooking. I plan on going farther away when I go to college, and so experiencing my brother’s move helped me decide what I would rather do. The main change that I have noticed since I became an only child is I have to do more chores. I really do miss my brother, but he taught me well enough that I can do just fine without him.

So if your only change is having to wear a mask, or your sibling moving 1,000 miles away, just know that you are not alone in experiencing these changes. Life changes all the time, and this 2020 school year we need to make the best of what we have.