In February, I got an email, that a student, who lived in the same hall, committed suicide. I didn’t know him, but still, it makes one think about it. These times are hard and it brings may problems.

The situation is still changing. Last day of 2020, I was preparing for my way back to England, but prime minister Johnson decided to suspend the return to half of January. A few weeks later it was moved to mid-February and finally to the beginning of March. This week, even though the in-person lectures are allowed, our School of Chemistry decided to resume it at the end of April. These two months were filled with uncertainty. Will I have to suddenly leave for England? Will there be any flight available? Will be Czechia moved to the red list? (the list of countries, from where after arrival you have to spend quarantine in a hotel and pay for it 50 thousand Czech crowns)

Being locked in a room during quarantine is challenging as well. Most of the students were barely 18 and they were looking forward to university life. Instead, they are forced to spend weeks in a small room without knowing anyone in the city. They can rely just on the support of their family and friends.

These stressful moments are putting on us a great amount of pressure. Unfortunately, not everyone has been able to cope with that. That’s why I am trying to look for positive moments and look after my mental health. What am I doing when I am not learning? I am enjoying the countryside. I often go running or cross-country skiing around nearby hills (because there will not be many of them in England). I also go with the trend of hardening. I play the piano or occasionally visit a church to play the organ. And finally, as usual in a village, I have to work around the house.

Everyone should find their distraction, which helps to forget all the uncertainty around us. Nevertheless, all the money in the world can’t pay for the lost life of a student.

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