KU students reflect on the year that changed everything

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From Australia’s devastating wildfires to the deadly Coronavirus outbreak to the historic Black Lives Movement and everything in between, 2020 has been full of world-shifting events.

Many people learnt life lessons during Coronavirus lockdowns that helped shaped how they look at the world now and what their priorities really are in life.

As the year draws to a close, Kingston University students took a moment to reflect on what this year has taught them, what they are grateful for now and what they hope 2021 will bring.

KU student, Laela Isra said: “2020 taught me to focus less on the future and more on the present. We truly have no idea what the future looks like but we can open our eyes to the present and experience every single moment.

“I’m honestly so grateful to have made it to December 2020. A global pandemic couldn’t beat me and being surrounded with my friends and family is what makes this moment so special. I hope mine and my friends/family’s health and happiness remains like this in 2021 and beyond.”

Another KU student, Spencer said: “2020 has taught me I need to broaden my horizons on creative outlets for myself. So, 2021 is going to be the year I really dedicate myself to figuring out what else I can do. So many ideas of things I want to try. But first I need to plan, learn then execute and not fear trying.”

Compassion and kindness

“The selfish part of me wants to say 2020 sucked and I mean everyone can admit that it wasn’t great. I went through a breakup and yes, it was crazy, but I’m a stronger person now because of it. So, I’m thankful for what 2020 has taught me. God’s plan is always better,” said KU student, Claire Mason.

KU law student, Saira Sikandar said: “If 2020 taught me anything it’s that compassion is needed now more than ever. I’ll be pausing more before I react and look at what’s really driving the emotion behind someone else’s actions.

“More laughter too! Life is too short to take it so seriously all the time. I think what I want to see in 2021 is more compassion towards each other, you never know what someone else is battling with. Be kind always.”

To say 2020 hasn’t been kind to most would be an understatement. But it’s how we deal with our problems and keep moving forward that matters. KU students have maintained a positive outlook and continued to show resilience with what life has thrown at them this year.

We can only hope that 2021 will be kinder. Hopefully this time next year we’ll be celebrating a positive and pandemic free 2021 (fingers crossed!).

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