When I was deciding to come to the UK to do my Master's in Public Health I was fascinated by the idea of finally becoming independent after living with my family for more than 20 years. I was thrilled about making new friends, being part of a social circle and also finding myself. Little did I know the second wave would hit so hard and our entire course would go online, making all the things I mentioned a lot harder to achieve.
What I thought would have been the most exciting year of my life was actually quite the opposite. I slowed down immensely, like most of us, spending lots of time reflecting, setting new intentions and trying to make the best use of my time in the UK. Being away from home, family and familiarity, I was recreating my identity and closely thinking about what communities meant to me. I craved a sense of belonging, a feeling of oneness, and a feeling like home.
I joined societies and groups such as Positive Peers to meet people with common goals and to feel united in the pandemic world that has really distanced us. In hindsight, I realise although I could have done the entire course at the comfort of my own house, I'm glad I pushed myself to venture out.
It was a rollercoaster of emotions, but it's safe to say it was so much easier with the help of friends and communities. It's the feeling of being united, the feeling of relatability and the feeling of security that we most often crave. And being part of communities creates that for us. Being part of local communities has opened my mind to new opportunities and helped me realise the power we have to create a difference by being united. It's helped me find my safe space and discover myself, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
KCLSU has a range of opportunities with something for everyone. It’s also a great way to improve your wellbeing. So if you ever find yourself feeling low or isolated or just want to do something impactful, I hope you consider joining a community and harnessing the power of it!
Find out more about Positive Peers here.