Long Island Teen Featured On Cover Of Time Magazine

A teenager on Long Island grabbed the attention of Time magazine. Her story is so impactful, she landed the cover story out next week; CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reports.

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- A teenager on Long Island grabbed the attention of "Time" magazine.

- Her story so impactful, she landed the cover story out next week. Here is CBS 2's Carolyn Gusoff.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: From her volunteer work with a youth organization that had to be scaled back to studies that went virtual, Twyla Joseph is a symbol of her generation enduring "The Lost Year," according to "Time" magazine, the Central Islip High School senior emblazoned on its cover.

TWYLA JOSEPH: It could have been anyone on the cover. It didn't have to be me. But no matter what, it would still be the same thing. We lost a really, like, important time, like, in our life.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Her story representative of seniors across the nation. The 17-year-old was furloughed for months from her after-school job. Her mother, too, wiping out college savings.

TWYLA JOSEPH: I didn't get to take my SATs, and they kept getting canceled. Am I going to go to college? Am I going to have a job? Am I going to be able to contact my guidance counselor?

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Guidance difficult to navigate, college tours canceled, impacting college dreams, and mental health, too.

TWYLA JOSEPH: Not being around your friends and just sitting at home, like, on your laptop and then going back to sleep every day, it makes you depressed. It makes you feel lonely, and it makes you feel unmotivated.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: "Time" magazine reporter Katie Reilly says students like Joseph rethinking college account for a record 13% drop in enrollment.

KATE REILLY: Low-income and first generation students have been disproportionately impacted by that drop. And so it's possible that the students who are losing access to college right now are those who might most benefit from getting this degree.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: The article concludes applying to college was never easy for most students. The pandemic made it almost impossible.

KENDRA CORNEJO MUNOZ: The pandemic has hurt their parents' job prospects, hurt their own job prospects. And the ability to afford school has now become unattainable.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: The lost year will not derail college for Twyla, but she'll stay close to home at a CUNY or SUNY school to save money. She hopes her story brings awareness.

TWYLA JOSEPH: A lot of people in my community and communities similar to mine are on a confused path right now because they don't have the resources that other students would have to go to college and to afford it.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: A surprise she landed on the cover, but it achieves one goal of making her mother proud.

TWYLA JOSEPH: Being on the cover of "Time," like, at 17 years old, I think I did that.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: As a symbol of youthful resilience. In Islip, Long Island, Carolyn Gussoff, "CBS 2 News."

- The magazine hits newsstands on April 12.

- And her mother probably really appreciates the cover of "Time" magazine.

- I am sure certain she does.

- A very big deal.