COVID-19, a tragedy that has shaken the world by bringing damage to people, economy, and migration. On the other hand, it brought an opportunity to recharge our brain by learning new skills, improve our souls by doing mediation and prayers, our body by doing exercise, and our family by being together as we will not find this time again.
China: The first country in the world that has suffered from COVID-19 and recovered very fast by the hard work of its people. The moment when I heard about the Wuhan city pandemic in the news, I believed that China is strong enough to be back to normal soon. I have been studying in Beijing since September 2018. For me, China is a world of amazing and diverse people that support and lift each other up like a family, that’s how China taught me to embrace each other in such a diversity. The university that I studied in and the Chinese professors taught me how to see the world with a broader view and how to work for a community with a shared future for humankind.
The moment I heard about the Wuhan city epidemic in the news, I believed that China is strong enough to be back to normal soon.Asma Ghazi
I came back for holidays on 26 December 2019 from Beijing to my home country, Afghanistan. I came back as an Afghan girl that is always thinking and working about peace and stability for her country and an international relations student who defended her thesis online. With the stress of election crisis in Afghanistan, peace process, negotiations with the Taliban, and the COVID-19, it was very hard to finish my MA research.
From my perspective acceptance was freedom during quarantine and a good opportunity to tell myself that the world needs to rest and I can fulfill my unreached dreams at the time of technology. I started to continue writing my MA research and finished with full passion on 31st of March right on the due date, OK I’m done right now with one of my works, I told myself. I have always been thinking of finding time to learn coding aside from my studies because I was interested to learn a new language, so I thought that quarantine is the best time to start it!
From my perspective acceptance was freedom during quarantine and a good opportunity for telling myself that the world needs to rest and I can fulfill my unreached dreams at the time of technology.Asma Ghazi
COVID-19 QURANTINE: THE BEST TIME TO POLISH OUR MINDS
On 4th April, I opened YouTube to see a video from TEDx Talks that always inspires me by new and good experiences from people around the globe. For me coding was a new world of different languages that needed more time to learn, so ‘TEDx Talks- The First 20 Hours- How To Learn Anything’ by Josh Kaufman inspired me that I can learn anything, any new skills in just 20 hours. I started to find an application that I can learn from, and “m1m0” is the application that I learned basics of coding from. A web developer and my friend from Brazil, on the same day with me started to make a language on our own so that we can code the Alphabets of any language by numbers, even can talk and make a connection with each other through coding. We succeeded right after 20 hours of practice and talked with a new language with each other. Learning the numbers refreshed my mind and made it more active. To develop this skill, I started to write my diary by numbers, which gave me more fun and completed an unfulfilled dream.
I have been always thinking of finding time to learn coding aside from my studies because I was interested to learn a new language, so I thought that quarantine is the best time to start it!Asma Ghazi
Author: Asma Ghazi was born in 1998 in Pakistan. She completed her school in Kabul, received her BA degree from Salam University in Law and Political Science department and earned her Master’s Degree at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China. She volunteers for ACYA (Australian Youth Community) and BeHive non-profit community organization as an event manager in Beijing.
Editor: Aysha Marjan Nayer