Glimpses of Covid life

Door to One’s Dreams

By Megha Kaveri Puthucode Sreeram

It is a new dawn, one of hope and dreams. 

As someone who had to pull herself to Geneva, that too from a developing country, I am proud of everybody who has made it till here. I am sure it wasn’t easy, but you all made it. It is a new place, yes. New faces, yes. Every time you walk into a hallway or the roof, you see groups giggling and chatting away like they have known each other for ages. Maybe they have, maybe not. 

In such situations, have you felt awkward to reach out and start a conversation with someone who you don’t know? Maybe say a ‘Hi’ and then take it up from there? How about walking up to a group of people and asking if you can join them, with a glass of beverage of course? 

I am an introvert, more so in big groups. The pandemic has only made my social skills worse, because it made me hole up inside the confines of the four walls of my home and do everything through the internet. Meetings, interviews, work coordination- you name it and we had an application or a tool to make it happen. Safety first, obviously. But what it ate away was my ability to strike up a conversation with strangers, out of the blue. I am sure many of you reading this would be able to relate to this. 

Then, one evening, I met a student who had just arrived at the Residence. She heard me humming a song, as I was gazing at the beautiful lake far away and called out to me to confirm if it was indeed I who was singing. Thus began our conversation. It was easy, since she was also alone there. The conversation veered to the topic of being socially awkward and I shared my thoughts on it and something she said made me feel at ease- “We are all away from home. Trust me, it is similar for many of us here, new faces, new places and all.” 

Recovering quickly from the profound truth bomb that she had just dropped, I gave it a thought once I was back in my cozy studio. She was right. We are here, each in our own capacity, working towards a common goal. It shouldn’t be difficult to connect with each other. Most of us have moved mountains to get here. Some of us have had to make a lot of sacrifices . All I want to say is you are all seen and heard. We deserve to feel happy and proud for now. We all have at least two years together, so let’s be there for each other. 

Megha Kaveri is an incoming student at the Graduate Institute, pursuing her Masters in Development Studies. In her free time, she likes to read, write and cook. 





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