Simran Patel, Diploma in International Relations

I can speak 5 languages 

One of the unique things about me is that I can speak English, Gujarati, Kiswahili, French, and Hindi. For English, Kiswahili and French I can communicate both in writing and verbally. Currently, I am learning French and American Sign Language. Learning a language can sometimes be a demanding and exhausting experience. However, I remind myself that speaking a second language not only opens new doors but also has numerous other advantages. As Nelson Mandela once said “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” 

I started my studies online and thus have not yet been to a physical class, but I am very excited about being part of a leading institution. I am getting quality education that will propel me internationally in my area of study. With my love for languages, I can only celebrate because I made the right choice for me. To better my journey of studies online I am trying to know my classmates. This is because we are on the same voyage and we need each other now and in the future. I cannot wait to meet them in person when the time comes to be on campus.

The quarantine has not been easy. In the beginning, boredom and low morale were my biggest challenges. However, I have come to find ways to be more productive while away from my studies. I have allowed myself to venture into other platforms that I desire to enhance. One of them was learning new recipes for the food I enjoy most. This has allowed me to ignite my palate with healthier options. Also, I have developed an exercise regime that involves walking our dog daily. Though I still worry if everyone around me is keeping safe by wearing masks and practicing social distancing. I am hopeful that all will be well as I live in the moment and enjoy what is around me.

This article was written by Annete Karanja.

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