Reconnecting Canada to the world post coronavirus

“Life is a practice in improv,” said a Quebec college senior who won a scholarship for her candid musings on the theme ‘How the coronavirus affected my final semester.’

The contest, sponsored by, invited high school and college seniors to record a selfie video that answers the question: How did the coronavirus change your senior year

The contest drew nearly 400 participants worldwide in 49 countries, but it was a 19-year-old film student who stole the hearts of judges in The “Class of 2020” Challenge.

April Judd, a graduate of John Abbott College, used humor and creative edits to depict what life was like moving back in with her family and missing the chance to say goodbye to all her friends at the arts college. Her inspiring message details how the class of 2020 can use this experience to their advantage and “mold the universe into the future they want to see”.

The pandemic of crisis actually caused April to see beauty in the midst of chaos.

“I don’t want to go back to the way things were… I want to have a heightened appreciation for all the things that make life full.”

The Shawville, Quebec graduate told Good News Network, “In the chaos that our world is experiencing right now, it’s really easy to get caught up in the negative.”

“Listening to other people’s submissions and hearing about the unique experiences other girls have gone through this year as graduates is inspiring.”